Fans of Primer and Philip K. Dick, go check this flick out. I can’t say that it was really a frightening film, but the undertones of the story could be considered pretty chilling. Basically, this is a right fun example of a conspiracy theory story, told in real time with (sorry) found footage.
Okay, once again, the found footage aspect is something that you’ll just have to look past. For fans of horror, this is something that probably won’t go away soon, because it’s just such a darn cheap way to make movies. Admittedly, this submission to the found footage sub-genre is pretty high on the blasphemy scale. There is an annoying amount of shakey-cam, and there are scenes that will make you beg the question: “why are they still filming?”. The good news is that the story is interesting enough to make up for it. Lunopolis will hook you in with its opening scenes of news reports about a mysterious pair of men who disappear in a train station, in front of the surprised eyes of civilians and security cameras. We are then catapulted back into the beginning of the narrative, when a group of young bachelors happen upon a series of clues and maps that lead them to an underground bunker…in the middle of a lake. In true caution to the wind, horror scripting style, these dudes will of course go as deep into the bunker as they can; and when they discover its hidden secret, they just can’t leave it behind. Their discovery is a pretty cool sci-fi device, a jet pack looking, metallic ge-gaw, with buttons and wires, and a strange power crystal.
Of course, you can guess what happens when the machine is turned out. As predicted by the opening scenes, the wearer of the devices disappears/becomes invisible/ceases to exist for a split moment. As if the search to figure out what this device is for is not enough, these young lads soon come under the harassment of the people who created it, a strange sect of suit clad cultists called Lunologists. I have to say, the pamphlets and Lunology propaganda material were pretty cool, and I enjoyed their religious back story, which is a akin to the fictitious ramblings of L. Ron Hubbard. The stakes will continue to climb for our group of protagonists, who by this point really don’t know what to do. They’re stuck between the rock of wanting nothing to do with the dangerous elements who seem to want their magic crystal machine, and the hard place of not wanting to let this potentially hazardous machinery into the wrong hands.
Aside from the shakey-cam, my only real complaint about Lunopolis is that it’s probably about twenty minutes too long. Some of the scenes of four beardy fellows running from crazy flying cars and angry cultists in tunnels, could have been trimmed down. For those of you who are fans of the anti-establishment, neo-pagan, fancy gadget toting, sci-fi genre; the ending is not a real shocker. Nonetheless, it’s a clean ending.