Director: Zachary Gross
Writers: Zachary Gross, Micah McFarland, Nathan McFarland
Stars: Mark Frazier, Marili Kateri, Elliott Bales
Harmony 2022 begins with a barrage of flashbacks. Ranson (Jessica Inzeo, Kara, One Penny) and her security director (Andrew S. Harper) are discussing how Sophia (Marili Kateri, Zombie Doomsday, Senior Cut Day: The Movie) managed to get back into the facility. As they do so, she recalls the events on the battlefield and the hospital that led her to be there for the first time.
From these opening scenes, we can tell that Sophia is something of a soldier. She wears a uniform, but her opponents are in civilian clothes. Are they some kind of militia? A covert infiltration unit? Or maybe the budget wasn’t stretched that far, since it’s immediately obvious that Harmony is a micro-budget movie.
After the credits, we see Sophia waking up in a hospital room with no idea where she is or how long she’s been there. Ransom tells her that part of her arm was amputated and replaced with a prosthetic. She will not answer any other questions, immediately drawing the viewer into the mystery of Harmony.
Harmony is a mystery with elements of all three genres built into the plot. And given the nature of the plot, which we eventually began to discover involves a second civil war, covert government experiments, and surveillance, this format was probably the best option to keep costs down.
Most of the film takes place in the same sterile medical facility as Sophia talks to some of the other residents. Occasional flashbacks set elsewhere break this up as what she hears triggers seemingly repressed memories. And the more she remembers, the more she realizes that this is not a normal hospital and tries to find out what is really going on.
Sophia’s interactions with Ranson, as well as patients Erik (Mark Frazier) and Charles (Pry’ce Jaymes, Look Into Darkness, Amanda) held my interest long enough that the film’s overall lack of action didn’t bother me. . We get something in the final act of the movie. Not enough to turn Sophia into the Ripley character he wanted, but enough to give the film a good adrenaline rush on the way to Harmony’s somewhat enigmatic ending.
On the other side of the coin, Harmony has some issues, which is to be expected. Micro-budget filmmaking is never easy, especially sci-fi and action because of the expectations of the genre. Despite its “very near future” setting, the lack of almost anything futuristic will annoy some people, as will the lack of intricate fight scenes from bigger budget movies.
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