This is one super-cool sci-fi flick.
Review by: MiamiMovieCritic
Added: 7 years ago
A Change of Season is an environmental disaster movie. Some of the acting falls flat – always a challenge when working with a young cast – but the storytelling and visuals make for it. This is one super-cool sci-fi flick.
The premise is worthy of a Twilight Zone episode. We open in a classroom filled with young kids as the teacher discusses photosynthesis. Two of the kids, Adam and Lily, get held back as the rest break for recess. So far so good – nothing out of the ordinary. Then we see the kids going outside, and wearing eerie oxygen masks. The air is smoky and the ground is ashen. This is a world where people can’t breathe outside!
The rest of the movie is told with the confidence of a superbly distilled short story. Adam and Lily become fast friends. They’re fascinated with the idea of world with trees where people can see the stars. They try to plant a tree on the school grounds. But the experiment fails, and Lily becomes distraught.
Again, the acting isn’t the best. There’s a key scene in which the ambient sound is way too loud and it’s difficult to hear the dialogue. But mostly this is an absorbing viewing experience. The visuals – the art on display in the school, the framing choices and the spectacular special effect that makes the climax so satisfying – are really something to see.