Review of "Lifechanger” by The Headless Critic
Lifechanger – 2018
Production by: Unstable Ground Productions, Federgreen Entertainment,
in association with: 9-Light Entertainment
Distribution by: Uncork’d Entertainment, Raven Banner Entertainment
“I know love exists.”
He’s immortal; he cannot die as long as he takes another life and consumes their form. He takes people, their voice, their shape, their look, their memories, their hopes and dreams, everything that makes somebody who they are. He takes it and he keeps it, for good. He’s a shape-shifter that can only take the shape of the ones whose lives he takes. He’s left a blood soaked trail of bodies behind. Then one day he takes the life of a man in love. He takes everything that makes somebody who they are and this man lives for the love he has for another. Now no matter what form he takes he still feels the love for this woman. It’s always there, a burning desire to be with her but with a new body every few days how could he ever stay with her long term? Immortality has suddenly become a curse. A being so selfish cannot simply walk away. He must have her for his own.
A narrated feature from the voice inside, Justin McConnell’s latest movie is an all-consuming tale of love and murder. Bill Oberst Jr. provides the voice of the shape-shifting Drew and it’s this narration that keeps this low-budget film so intriguing. After an erotic opening of death, an excellent first two minutes leads to a shape-shifting maze of murder. Actor after actor is the inhabited body of the shape-shifter whose only desire besides survival is Julia (Lora Burke), his one true love. Well someone else’s true love he’s now consumed.
I generally don’t like movies that that mainly tell their story through narration but in Lifechanger it really does work. The selfishness of humanity is explored through a creature that takes human form and will sacrifice all to live. It’s low budget but it’s low budget done right. We briefly enter the lives of many but it doesn’t feel forced. Their lives are mainly simple and realistic but there’s still a story to tell. Bill Oberst Jr. sounds like the Jean Shepherd of A Christmas Story his narration is so perfect. Justin McConnell creates a nice independent film with an original concept.
Available on VOD January 1st, 2019
3 out of 5 Headless Critics