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Monochrome: The Chromism

It is a bleak future that awaits us.  We already know this, yet most of us have refused to accept it.  To help us navigate these dark waters, we need to turn only to our creativity to find a path forward.  Writer/Director Kodi Zene and Producer Lozen Fükem offer one solution with the opening chapter of Monochrome: The Chromism, an award-winning science fiction thriller, which premieres this week On Demand.

"Clever in its rollout and haunting with its themes"


 

It is a dark world we are thrust into as a lone traveler stumbles across some desert country.  He checks in via walkie-talkie and continues because, as we hear, he is close to finding his objective out in this deranged and extreme world of black and gray.  That’s right, with no color in sight, this shrouded figure enters into a remote town and, within minutes, we discover the reason for his mask: he is a Hue and, in a colorless world, there is no room for color. 

The black-and-white landscape of Monochrome: The Chromism is striking and barren and it is here, where colors are forbidden, with which the bulk of the story takes place.  Clever in its rollout and haunting with its themes, Zene’s unique vision of Hues (people seen in color) pitted against the “normies” of the world (those matching their black-and-white surroundings) will immediately draw you in - especially if you understand the terrain and the meaning of a colorless terrain.  This is an independent film with something to say and the use of black-and-white photography is definitely not a gimmick.  Monochrome: The Chromism

The opening chapter in this proposed trilogy follows Isaac Ward (Josh Bangle), the first person to turn “hue” in this black and white world. After being shot in a downtown crossfire, he is found bleeding “red”. As Isaac’s body also begins to streak with color, other outbreaks develop across the globe. While he’s not accepted, there are others out there exactly like him.  Isaac now struggles to survive while society tears itself apart to try to capture and comprehend these new “hues”. Leaving countries at odds, at war and Isaac determined to find answers.

Starring Josh Bangle, Cat Merritt, Devin Leigh, Ryan Barnes, Andre Pelzer and Shashana Pearson, this Tempest Studios production may only have had a budget of $2000, but you definitely cannot tell that from the creativity and the hard work on display throughout this very interesting movie as brothers go toe-to-toe thanks to a mysterious virus that bleeds color into the dark world of violent gaslighting.  

Monochrome: The Chromism premieres On Demand October 16.

4/5 stars

Monochrome: The Chromism

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Monochrome: The Chromism

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
Runtime:
73 mins
Director
: Kodi Zene
Writer:
Kodi Zene
Cast:
Joshua Bangle, Cat Merritt, Ryan Barnes
Genre
: Sci-fi
Tagline:
The World in Color for the First Time.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Do you know what the problem with this world is? Too many of those damn hues."
Theatrical Distributor:
Tempest Studios
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Release Date:
October 16, 2020
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Synopsis: MONOCHROME: THE CHROMISM, follows Isaac Ward, the first person to turn “hue” in this black and white world. After being shot in a downtown crossfire, he is found bleeding “red”. As Isaac’s body also begins to streak with color, other outbreaks develop across the globe. Isaac now struggles to survive while society tears itself apart to try to capture and comprehend these new unexplainable “hues”. Leaving countries at odds, at war and Isaac determined to find answers.

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