Director: Eric Zimmerman
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
From the director of some of the best-known music videos by bands like Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden: Eric Zimmerman, comes a feature-length thriller that crosses the boundaries of horror, modern sci-fi and some elements of cyberpunk and psychological thrills.
Caller ID Entity is a 70-minute flick based on real-life phone conversations, messages and testimonials of people who have suffered at the hands of psychopaths, murderers and perverts who have reaped havoc on their lives. Said messages open up this film by setting the scene as a thrill ride that gets off to a sort of start.
The main plot follows a group of university students in California who sign up for a series of tests and case studies conducted by a shady professor, hoping to teach them how to control the human mind. Eventually one of the students, Noah, starts to go mad and a series of disturbing events occur and other members of the team become embroiled in the professor’s tasks which become more and more sickening as the film goes on.
Eventually, the plot leads to a showdown between the students who have realised the terrors they have inflicted, and aim to stop the evil genius and those remained loyal as slaves and victims of the horrifying mind control experiments.
You’d think this movie would be packed to the brim with action, thrills and spills or spine-tingling moments of suspense, but the way it is edited and presented appear to fail it on that level.
Because the whole flick looks as if it were shot on smartphones, you’d come away wondering if you were watching a college film made by some kids obsessed with technology addicts. If this is the case and there was a phenomenally low budget, my apologies, but the lack of decent editing and clunky script writing leaves you confused. The film opens up almost like a documentary and that can throw you off if the intention is to scare of intrigue the audience, and at times I felt lost in the ‘plot’ which I had to read into deeply in order the get as the flow of the scenes is almost impossible to follow. Even for people with a low attention span, this movie would be difficult to pick up.
It’s not all bad I must admit, I was interested in the ideas given by the director’s interest in technology and psychology, but the very low attention paid to putting the story to screen in a coherent manner made me come away more confused than entertained. Characters are also a bit hard to read and might require several watches to fully understand, which I’m sorry for again if that is the case of this movie – but I wouldn’t run the idea of this flick past anyone who likes a good psychological thriller.
I felt more of being sent on an existential roller-coaster thrill ride which left me more hollow and confused than fascinated by psychology and the lengths some academics would go to in order to gain eternal recognition.