The Rift: Dark Side of The Moon

Imagine being sent off to a random European country only to find out that what you were looking for isn’t quite what you find. No, this isn’t the latest plot of a James Bond film. Rather, it’s the basic narrative of Dejan Zecevic’s The Rift: Dark Side of The Moon.

At its core, it’s kind of a canned Twilight Zone episode. So you get some great campy acting, exotic locales, a trusty team of Deep State operatives and a dying scientist with a dark secret.

“The strength of The Rift however is in its hard turn into a haunted house scenario.”

The strength of The Rift however is in its hard turn into a haunted house scenario. Shifting from spy movie to horror movie, it traps our protagonists in a rickety house. People die. People don’t explain things. There’s a couple jump scares. And there’s definitely an axe that becomes a grisly tool of death.

In these moments, it’s clear that the performances and tropes of genre are what make The Rift enjoyable. Ken Foree’s performance as John Smith shines as he quips, even when he descends into paranoia. Liz Waid (Katarina Cas) spends much of the film asking questions and running around, terrified. But it works, as she is us and we are her, experiencing the horror of being trapped in that drafty ass house in Serbia. And, while both men have smaller roles, Dysart (Monte Markham) and Darko (Dragan Micanovic) complete the reliable roles needed to make the mystery work.

Speaking of mysteries: while the inexplicable nature of the big bad are frustratingly…inexplicable, The Rift does its best not to belabor you with too much time to actually poke a hole in its story. Instead, it prefers you focus on hoping that Katarina doesn’t get chopped in two.

“The Rift is an enjoyable and strange tale that’s worth a watch when you’ve got time to kill.”

And that’s completely fine. Because the epilogue leaves things even more confusing. Taking a nod from Arrival, there’s some heavy plays on motherhood and making things right. And there’s a ballooning of narrative that makes The Rift’s story arc much grander than the film’s budget could bear on its own. Which also isn’t a bad thing. It just kind of shows how big the story could have been without forcing it to be. Ultimately, The Rift is an enjoyable and strange tale that’s worth a watch when you’ve got time to kill. Just so long as you don’t look too long into the rift itself.

The Rift: Dark Side of The Moon (2017) Directed by Dejan Zecevic. Written by Barry Keating and Milan Konjevic. Starring  Ken Foree, Katarina Cas, Monte Markham.

3 out of 5 Spacemen

 

15 responses to “The Rift: Dark Side of The Moon

  1. Um, your writing style is fairly fresh out of high school. Anyone that takes a positive spin to this movie is obviously a shallow piece of chum. Sorry, but what a waste (in terms of watching time, review time, and plot.) You should be ashamed for thinking in any way this is a good piece of work.

      1. Nicole, the ARTICLE was supposed to be the in-depth film review. Was your comment meant to be an in-depth film review, or a review of the comment on the review? Way to miss the entire point of a comments section.

  2. Frankfully confused, puzzled yet interested in this weird film….and I believe I’ll recommend friends to watch and get their opinions.

  3. I in fact did take a nap while this movie rambled on incoherently and awoke to catch the final few minutes, only to realize that the best part must have been when I was dozing. Horrible movie.

  4. The movie had my attention, right up to the last 20 minutes . The movie, I thought was going to go into a fringe science development, which I like . However, towards the end I realized it was really a religious movie, disguised as sci- fi . I’ve seen this set up before in movies. They start out with science and detour away to religion. I hate this, thankfully small, genre. Also, the jump scare, pronoun, etc cliche count was horribly high .
    Acting wasn’t to bad tho .

    1. Uhh what? This movie is terrible, don’t get me wrong but I hardly think its religious. The thing in the space suit is constantly saying that there is “nothing” after death. Its clearly reanimating people’s bodies and controlling/speaking through them and it’s pretty obvious it has malevolent intent.

      1. That’s not true at all why did it give the woman her son back because she sorta slightly helped it out? Why was the thing never revealed because they had fucking clue where to take the plot or what to label the creature as. It definitely had religion in it albiet to basically shit all over it and be like see even the interdimensional being who reanimated the dead to use as puppets knows there is nothing after death. I can’t even think of what the hell the thing might have been or what it’s true motives are because the person who’s supposed to explain this stuff took the usual of late lazy way out. The whole oh you think what it was and why it did it blah blah lazy writing that is becoming more prevelant. If I’m going to tell a story I’m going to set in stone what my characters motives are what they are and why they did it that is your job as a story teller to create a world that is yours and flesh it out not sorta come up with a concept and just half assedly do it then have the consumer finish your damn story for you. This movie was a massive waste of time and they squandered the potential it did have.

        1. It only gave her son back to assimilate him and join the hive like mentality. Many people across the earth were reanimated suggesting that they all had their own personal encounters with the astronaut. I think it may have been the devil, tricking people to renounce their faith in God by saying there is nothing after death.

  5. Eating cold nasty beans would have been more enjoyable than this movie. I waited and said hey maybe there will be something worthwhile at the end. Instead a confusing ending and let down. Here on my 2nd bowl of cold beans i do not recommend this movie to anyone at all. In fact ive never written a review in my life for a movie and this movie just made me so mad im here venting. Yeah.

  6. There’s not much point saying anything about this truly terrible film…except to wonder how a filmmaker can con anyone to give them sufficient money to waste like this. The fundamental problem is a feeble, overstated and sub-sophomoric script. I got the feeling that the actors are those kind of performers who, if they are well-directed, can hand in a decent performance. But, despite basic cinematic competence (it didn’t look like an 8mm home movie) whoever directed this surely couldn’t direct himself out of a ladies’ rest room. So I felt bad for the actors and their deeply embarrassing work. Truloy this must be one of the worst movies with a decent budget ever to be made. Bad. Bad. Bad. Bad.

  7. Whether the move was good or bad is purely subjective. What you all fail to see is that it did in fact make all of you think, to have a conversation about it. My opinion of the move is irrelevant. I think the writer accomplished what he wanted.

  8. This is a bad story, with okay cinematography and acting. So in turn, it’s a BAD MOVIE.

    This is not subjective. The story if you want to call it that, meanders and doesn’t have any points. In summary…

    Some astronauts on “the dark side of the moon” discover a rift and one of them goes through it…apparently to the future earth. Some special agents are sent to recover data from a satellite in the future, but it’s not a satellite, it’s the rift location the astronaut on the moon came through. They find the un-responsive astronaut, an old man, lady and kid at this location. One agent is shot by the crazy old man and comes back to life. The old lady is killed by an agent when she goes crazy with an axe and comes back to life. One agent starts cutting off heads of people to keep them from coming back to life until just himself, and a lady agent and the kid remain.

    At the end, the agent cutting off heads kills the kid, who was apparently an older version of son the lady agent lost to cancer or something. The lady kills the head chopping agent after being mortally wounded. Then the astronaut magically appears as she dies, then she wakes up back in the hospital in the past where her son doesn’t actually die. Instead he’s alive and colors a picture of an astronaut while muttering some crap.

    Then they go to news flashes about chaos erupting around the world, and astronaut being seen, and people coming back to life.

    If what I typed doesn’t make any sense and seems like it was written by a junkie on acid, it’s because it probably was.

    Maybe horror fans that don’t car about plot or storylines will like this bad movie.

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