Somewhere M. Night Shyamalan is probably studying this movie and shedding a few tears. Unlike other nature against invasive mankind movies, this one feels wholly believable. What helps is Vukovic’s seemingly arbitrary decision to set the film in 1929. In doing so there is still a sense of mystery to the endless horizons of flora, in a menacing way even.
“…gets plenty of mileage out of the acres of forest…the shots are too pretty to interrupt.”
The film is not without problems though. For one thing, it is entirely too long. Moments are held when they should only occupy mere seconds. Revelations and plot points are occasionally repeated to the point of noticeable repetition. Flora would have greatly benefited from a good editor with the ability to argue the efficiency of the plot with Vukovic. Another issue is the occasional misstep in performance choices. Things are spotty in the acting department, but not enough to really derail to picture.
Closing out on a positive note, this movie looks like a million bucks. The film gets plenty of mileage out of the acres of forest. You can almost understand why the film is so long; the shots are too pretty to interrupt. I honestly look forward to more work from Sasha Louis Vukovic. The components for a fine movie are here, and with a story idea this solid, he is bound to have more. Maybe he could remake Signs and show M. Night how to pull off serendipity.
Flora (2018) Written and directed by Sasha Louis Vukovic. Starring Teresa Marie Doran, Dan Lin, Caleb Noel, Sari Mercer, Will Aaron.
5 out of 10 stars