Currency (2012) – By Misty Layne

Currency weaves together a tapestry of tales as we observe several lives over the course of eight decades. Part mystery, part drama, Currency is a collection of simple stories about the hard questions that we are all dying to have answered. We all want to know why and we all die.

One of those tales that is told through varying viewpoints, Currency is a stand out considering that this is Brad Rosier’s first filmmaking effort of any sort. He wrote, directed, produced, edited and created all the visual effects for the film all for less than $8,000.00. It’s also been accepted into eighteen film festivals and won at least eight awards.

It’s one of those visually lovely films I do enjoy watching and switches back and forth in time between the age of trains and mobsters to the now of backstabbers and destructive boyfriends and counterfeit currencies. The one thing throughout each story that remains constant is a coin that each important character has, a coin they each at some point pick up and put down or twirl between their fingers in an idle moment. That one coin is the glue that ties these stories together at the end and creates a web of interconnectedness that other films have tried to pull off yet couldn’t.
I have no complaints about any of the cast – in fact a few I was sure I’d seen elsewhere (but after checking IMDB realized I hadn’t) – the stand out for me, however, was Katelyn Taylor. There are a million child actors out there but not all of them are good. Katelyn however was phenomenal in a role that required her to deal with subjects of a mature matter. She was quietly intense and deeply scarred, and her character’s storyline was a tragedy to behold.

Also of note was Rachel Cottom who played Micah, an aspiring young writer with a penchant for self-destruction. It’s a role I’m familiar with and her portrayal was more than accurate and completely realistic.

As a whole, the movie was well told and mostly seamless but there was a brief period in the middle where I found myself zoning out and then coming back to the action, mostly during the periods where the movie focused on the oldest stories about trains and mobsters and the such. It seemed somehow that the stories of now were a bit richer and well-rounded, and I got much more invested in those characters than the characters from the origins of the stories.

I’m highly interested in seeing what comes from Mr. Rosier in the future. If this was his first film, it’s almost impossible to think what he’ll do one day in the cinematic world…If you’d like to learn more about Currency, please visit their website, Facebook page or IMDB.