SXSW FILM 2014
By Don Simpson | March 10, 2014
Director: Hugh Sullivan
Writer: Hugh Sullivan
Starring: Josh McConville, Hannah Marshall, Alex Dimitriades
Dean (Josh McConville) wants nothing more than to sweep his girlfriend Lana (Hannah Marshall) off of her feet and make her fall head over heels in love with him. Filtered through his unbridled OCD personality, this leads Dean to pre-plan every single second of their anniversary weekend. What Dean does not realize, however, is that Lana enjoys a certain amount of unpredictability and danger, which is precisely what attracts her to a violent modern day neanderthal, Terry (Alex Dimitriades).
Determined to make things right for this anniversary weekend, Dean invents time travel in order to rectify and/or revise the mistakes of his past. Try and try again, Dean just cannot get things right and soon the abandoned vacation getaway is populated with multiple versions of himself, Lana and Terry. Needless to say, the scenario gets incredibly complicated, but to say too much about it would just spoil all of the fun.
Arguably the best time travel film this side of Nacho Vigalondo’s Timecrimes (2007) and Shane Carruth’s Primer (2004), it is incredibly enjoyable to just sit back and get lost in the convoluted chronology of Hugh Sullivan’s The Infinite Man. While it seems impossible — especially after only one viewing — to accurately map the various incarnations of Dean, Lana and Terry, the plot always seems grounded in some semblance of reality…albeit a reality in which time travel exists. It is nearly impossible not to love such a thoughtfully complex narrative that is built upon the sublime simplicity of just three characters and one location. That is precisely the formula for making a low budget first feature that I learned in film school and Sullivan absolutely nails it.