The from side to side between those two characters, and between truth and delusion, include nearly all of director Rebakah McKendry’s darkly comedian horror movie. However even at a brisk 79 mins (together with credit), “Superb” seems like an intriguing concept that’s been stretched skinny to characteristic period. The unusual and witty script from McKendry’s husband, David Ian McKendry, in conjunction with Joshua Corridor and Todd Rigney, would possibly have packed extra of a punch as a brief or an episode of a “Twilight Zone”-type sequence. However the performances in what is largely a two-hander stay intriguing, and also you’ll by no means have the ability to expect the place this tale goes.
Ryan Kwanten stars because the raveled, middle-aged Wes, who pulls over to a quiet relaxation space within the woods to stay from sleeping all through a daylight street travel. His automotive is filled together with his assets, together with a teddy endure and a mysterious purple field. Over the process the evening, he's going to stay there, burning the entirety he owns in a drunken rage. When he awakens the following morning, hungover and pantsless, he staggers into the toilet to vomit, most effective to be disturbed through the sound of a pleasant voice coming from the adjoining stall. It belongs to J.Ok. Simmons, and he says his title is Ghat. Their banter is playful in the beginning, which is surreal given the squalid surroundings. Simmons, whom we pay attention however by no means see, makes use of the overall vary of his wealthy resonance. He’s sort and inquisitive, even slightly hokey in his humor, till he turns into extra sinister and insistent. And he helps to keep us guessing in conjunction with Wes: Is that this an actual particular person? An drunk hallucination? The satan himself?
Kwanten, in the meantime, is tasked with growing this personality whilst necessarily performing by myself in a cramped area, and he rises to that bodily and emotional problem. We all know Wes is needy and unstable, however he additionally has to handle some thriller. And right here’s the difficult a part of those one-location films: methods to broaden a personality inside of this kind of restricted surroundings. Lean and imply thrillers like “The Shallows” or the new “Fall” supply simply sufficient again tale to ascertain their heroines’ talents and give an explanation for their survival abilities. The issue with “Superb” is that there’s now not a lot to Wes, in spite of a couple of flashbacks, and there can’t be till the very finish. That makes it tricky for us to care about whether or not he makes it out of the toilet alive—or no less than together with his sanity intact. And Ghat’s mythology, whilst dense, isn’t all that attention-grabbing.