Anti Matter is one of the most pleasant surprises I have seen all year. It is a psychological horror thriller that beautifully blends science and philosophy giving the audience an edge of their seat experience and thought-provoking concepts that will have them scratching their heads for days.
Oxford PhD student, Ana (Yaiza Figueroa), and her two friends are working on wormholes and teleportation, potentially discovering methods that will change humanity forever. At first, it seems to be working. It is not as flashy as Star Trek, but they are able to teleport inanimate objects. Then, they move on to living creatures, including worms, bunnies, and cats (much to one cat’s humorous objection), among others. Objecting to the use of animals are animal rights protesters right outside their lab, some dressed as animals, including a few with monkey masks.
The tone starts lighthearted. Ana and her friends are exploring new frontiers, laughing, and overall having a good time. The tone changes when they decide to do human trials. Specifically, Ana tries the experiment on herself. Soon after, she finds herself unable to maintain new memories, she has weird dreams, her friends become increasingly distant or aggressive toward her, and strange occurrences begin happening; for example, she gets attacked by an unknown assailant in a monkey mask (there was a reason I noted it in the last paragraph).
As the movie progresses, Ana becomes increasingly desperate to figure out what happened in the experiment that she no longer remembers. Even the audience will start to feel the pulse pounding tension. The film delves into philosophy a bit when Ana theorizes that there may be more to humans than just the matter that they tried to teleport; raising some very good discussion worthy questions.
Overall, I found this film to be enjoyable. The cast is (mostly) excellent, with some top-notch performances and the main characters are relatively well developed. The story is intriguing, terrifying, and plausible; at least a few parts gave me chills. Sci-fi fans will enjoy it, but so will thriller fans who know very little about science; there is some science talk, but it is not too dense that a layman cannot follow along.
“Anti Matter” in select theaters and VOD September 8.