Convergence (2014) – By Philip Smolen

“We’re all here because at some point we had a sense of faith. This place is our last chance at redemption.”

Detective Ben Walls (Clayne Crawford) is investigating a recent string of bombings in Atlanta. Arriving at the most recent site, Ben and three other officers are sent to sweep and clear three other nearby buildings. While checking out one of them, a second bomb goes off near Ben. He wakes up in a local hospital with his superior (Mykelti Williamson) watching over him. Insisting that he is ok, Ben gets up and starts looking for a phone to call his wife. But he soon realizes that everything in the hospital is not right. First off, there’s a very strange nurse (Chelsea Bruland) wandering around dressed in a nurse’s uniform from the 1950s. Then Ben witnesses the murder of a security guard, but when he gets his captain to investigate, there’s no body to be found. Later, Ben is attacked by a very powerful man who quotes the bible to Ben as he knocks him unconscious. But what Ben doesn’t know about is the existence of some shadowy, wispy ghost-like creatures who seem very interested in everyone in the hospital.

 “Convergence” is a marvelous new mystery/horror film from writer/director Drew Hall that had me glued to my computer monitor. The film is easily one of the best thrillers I have seen this year. It’s intelligent, thought provoking and extremely satisfying. I love movies that take place between different worlds and Hall creates a doozy that he slowly and tantalizingly reveals as the film unfolds. He shows you things that look normal, but are still somehow off kilter. And it’s great because your mind subconsciously picks up on this oddness (such as the nurse’s odd manner of dress) and it raises your anxiety level because you know something is just not right.

The cast is wonderful, especially Clayne Crawford as Ben. He flashes a great Keifer Sutherland intensity throughout the film and he anchors the film with his believability. Mykeli Williamson, Chelsea Bruland and Laura Cayouette all add substance and nuance to their characters as well.

This film also has a great twist just over halfway through it. It’s initially very jarring and it seems to come out of nowhere, but Hall confidently meshes this element perfectly into the narrative.

Featuring a great music score by Page Hamilton and Patrick Kirst, “Convergence” is a rip-roaring indie thriller with killer hooks and style to spare. It’s thrilling, intense and a lot of fun. I can’t wait to see it again.

For more information on “Convergence”, please visit these sites:  http://www.frame29films.com and: http://www.drewdirects.com/#!motion-reel/cee5