Review of “Chimera” by The Headless Critic
Chimera – 2018
Production by: Praxis Media Ventures, Potion Mixers Motion Pictures
When faced with a genetic disease killing his children, brilliant scientist Quint (Henry Ian Cusick) is willing to go to any lengths to save them. Facing death, Quint cryogenically freezes his living children to give himself more time to figure out a cure. To fund his research, he makes a deal with the devil. Since the beginning of our existence, mankind has sought immortality. Masterson (Kathleen Quinlan) is no different. She provides the distraught father the resources needed for his research. In return she only asks for everlasting life. “Do you want to live forever?”
The research to save his children leads from stem cells to the immortal Turritopsis jellyfish. The search for immortality leads to questionable morality. On the brink of unlocking eternal life, Quint brings attention he doesn’t intend. What are the consequences of making a deal with the devil for a chance to save the lives of your children? There’s a thin line between, “science, sacrifice and sacrilege.”
Among many things, Chimera examines the controversial topic of stem cell research exploring the horrors of humanity, body farming and the extent a father will go to save his children. Chimera is a dark, controversial, heartbreaking and terrifying concept to absorb. A well rounded small cast including veteran actors Henry Ian Cusick, Kathleen Quinlan and the beautiful Jenna Harrison and Karishma Ahluwalia give good performances with deep material. Newcomer Erika Ervin stands tall above the rest of the cast, literally at six foot eight inches, delivering another intriguing role from a beautiful lady.
First time writer and director Maurice Haeems shoots a professional looking feature, creating a layered story that tackles controversial subject matter. Chimera takes you on a journey with his indirect storytelling, piecing together a plot that’s worth sticking around until the shocking end for. A feature film that’s primarily scientific explanations, most often told through voice-overs while you watch the scientist work isn’t viewer friendly. There’s a lot of good to find beneath Chimera's microscope. Its potential just doesn’t hold up to the level of execution of the narrative.
2 out of 5 Headless Critics