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Cast: Gillian Anderson, Haley Joel Osment, Rufus Sewell, Victor Garber
After the disappearance of an accomplished physicist (Rufus Sewell), his son Erol (Haley Joel Osment) and wife Marika (Gillian Anderson) struggle to cope. Years later, now a young scientist himself, Erol discovers a formula that could kill him, throw him into the unknown...or bring his family back together.
"I'll Follow You Down" tells the story of Gabe, his wife Marika and their young son, Erol. Gabe is a scientist who goes missing during a a business trip. Years pass and Erol is now in college and a young scientist himself while his mother struggles with depression, she has never gotten over the loss of her husband. One day Erol's grandfather who is also his teacher at college tells him about plans and a certain machine he found that were his fathers. It seems his father was working on a way to time travel when he disappeared, now Erol and his grandfather set out to rebuild the machine again in hopes of setting things straight.
"I'll Follow You Down" is a thinking man's science fiction film. It is very slow moving especially at the beginning as it takes it's time setting up the story and introducing us to the main characters. If I had to describe the film to someone I would say that it is a drama about a broken family with some mystery and science fiction tossed in.
I do not think it will be for everyone but I really enjoyed the film for several reasons.
For one I love this kind of character-driven story, I was immediately taken in by it and was engaged the entire time waiting to see what was going to happen next. The other thing I liked about the film was the cast, Rufus Sewell is good as the father and his role is important but he is not really in the film that much. Gillian Anderson on the other hand is in the film longer and is fantastic as always as the grieving wife and mother. And then there is Haley Joel Osment who plays the grown up Erol. Haley has continued to make films since "The Sixth Sense" but most of those films were pretty forgettable. The one that I remembered about him while watching this film was how good an actor he is. He gives an excellent performance here as a son desperate to make things right.
I am not going to go into major plot details here and I am not going to sit here and say that this is a great film because it does have its flaws but I found it to be a very entertaining drama that gets you thinking about what if. I fear the film might be a bit too slow for some but if you like a good drama then I highly recommend checking this one out.
Available on DVD and Blu-ray with Special Features that include:
Behind The Scenes
Released by Well Go USA
*** 3/4 Out Of *****