Director: Malgorzata Szumowska
Writers: Joshua Rollins, Pam Bales
Stars: Naomi Watts, Denis O’Hare, Billy Howle
Infinite Storm 2022 is an upcoming American film directed by Małgorzata Szumowska and Michał Englert, from a screenplay by Josh Rollins, based on the article High Places: Footprints in the Snow Lead to an Emotional Rescue by Ty Gagne. It stars Naomi Watts, Sophie Okonedo, Billy Howle, Denis O’Hare, and Parker Sawyers.
March seems to be the first month full of big movie releases, but one of the smaller projects coming out this month is Infinite Storm, starring Naomi Watts and directed by Małgorzata Szumowska. The film, based on Ty Gagne’s article “High Places: Footprints in the Snow Lead to an Emotional Rescue,” has just received a new trailer ahead of its March 25 theatrical release.
The story follows Pam, an experienced hiker who scales Mount Washington and turns around before she can reach the top after noticing a major snowstorm approaching. But when she runs into a lonely stranger on her way back, she takes it upon herself to get them both to safety before they’re permanently trapped by the storm. The trailer sets the stage for that bone-chilling descent with text against the mountain backdrop telling the audience that Mount Washington in New Hampshire has had the fastest recorded wind gust of 221 miles per hour.
The footage follows Pam preparing to make her trip up the mountain, and we see that she is climbing alone, which has Denis O’Hare’s character concerned, who seems to be playing some sort of local merchant. Pam jokes with him that climbing the mountain is cheaper than therapy and she starts her journey from there.
We see several different scenes of Pam climbing the mountain as the wind slowly picks up. A giant storm cloud forms and Pam turns around when the storm gets too big for her liking, and this is where the gist of the story really comes into play, as on her way up the mountain she meets a man on the edge of a cliff, presumably coming to terms with his own morbid fate. Pam calls the man John because he can’t talk due to the freezing weather and helps him down the mountain in an attempt to save his life.
However, it’s not that easy as John doesn’t believe they can get down the mountain as the reality of his deadly situation becomes all too apparent. The final part of the trailer shows more scenes of terrifying chills as we see things like Pam falling into a hole and John falling into a frozen river in the dead of night. We also see glimpses of Pam’s home life amongst all the icy terror hinting at a daughter who may or may not be alive in the present of this story.
Infinite Storm, from the trailer alone, appears to be a ruthless survival thriller that will have audiences on the edge of their seats as it showcases the incredible strength of the human spirit. Bleecker Street Films has made a name for itself with smaller-scale, yet emotionally huge stories about the many facets of humanity with critically acclaimed films like Logan Lucky, Mass, Colette and the underrated Teen Spirit. This anxiety-inducing thriller seems to be more of the same from its high-quality studio and Szumowska’s direction seems to be hauntingly chilling and vividly inspiring. Since this is based on a true story, that alone should be enough for audiences to head to their local theaters to see this human-powered story.