First off, I love indie films. I love horror films. After watching the trailer for this, I was sooo sure this would be one of my new fave movies. yeah, that didn't happen. At all.
It has a very slow build up. Honestly, if I hadn't watched the trailer so many times and seen what creepy things were coming, I would have given up after 15 minutes. But, I soldiered on and was not rewarded. An oft seen directing technique is to keep some questions unanswered to keep the audience in suspense. And we get this from the start (only referring to things in terms of "the disease" and "the cure"). But, the whole point is to eventually at least ALLUDE to an answer. I seriously have no idea what happened. In the beginning, as part of "the cure" you can clearly see some sort of insect-like organism being implanted. Granted, you can only see a leg, but I know an exoskeleton when I see it. Then, as we see more of the cure, it is sometimes a 5+ foot long worm-time organism. Sometimes it's a weird membranous structure that takes over the host's head. I get that we aren't supposed to know what "the cure" really is other than it is a parasite, but there were so many things that just were outside the realm of belief for me.
1.) that there is a parasite that has that many damn forms 2.) that someone would sign up for an experimental procedure without at least getting an idea of what the procedure actually is and what the side effects are 3.) that NO ONE tried to use the video chat to call for help. at the end, that one guy called his wife and didn't mention the fact that they were in a freaking level 55 danger situation
and, because i'm a nerd, I couldn't believe that 1.) there would ever be a gov't funded study in which patients were not told up front what the procedure and what the side effects would be. that's the law. 2.) that a doctor would ever just start sticking his gloved hand into someone's body during a surgery. 3.) those are FORCEPS. not a SPREADER. just because you happened to use them to spread open the incision at that point in time doesn't mean that's what it's called. 4.) that a doctor would ever put on sterile latex gloves and then TOUCH HIS FACE before examining a patient.
yes, i know the doc was obviously crazy, but he was also a researcher. he would never do anything that would at all contaminate his results.
there is difference between asking an audience to suspend their beliefs a little and follow you on a weird journey for the sake of cinema, and just not doing all of your research when you're writing a medical sci-fi script and filling said script with tons of plot holes.
the ONLY redeeming quality this film has is the special fx makeup. and even then, i would recommend just looking up pictures instead of watching the film.
Review by rachellovesfilms from the Internet Movie Database.