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Come True – 2020 Scott Burns
- Anthony Scott Burns’ debut film starts with a long tracking shot through the fog with multiple doors being pushed open. It turns out this shot (repeated at least a half-dozen times) is the dream of Sarah (Julia Sarah Stone).
- Come True has 1980s iconography all over (Weekend at Bernie’s poster, Terminator poster, Garfield the cat, a Planet Hollywood t-shirt) along with some very lo-fi electronics (looks like an Apple IIe). The Jeremy (Landon Liboiron looking like Harry Potter) character has a dream that looks like a version of the “Take on Me” music video from a-ha.
- The story is about Sarah’s dreams. It turns out she is not the only person in this world that has these eerie dreams. As Dr. Meyer’s character (played by Christopher Heatherington) says, there is a “primal connection to this icon” and a “unified fear to this shadow with eyes”. This is certainly an intriguing and clever premise (Philip K. Dick in the text) and the repetition of the lovely (yet haunting) opening tracking shot gives the film a formal grounding.
- There are flaws though. Dr. Meyer, with his massive 1980s glasses (some nice shots reflecting off those glasses), is at least the second most interesting character in the film (after Sarah) and Scott Burns seems to forget about him in the film. That is a miss.
- The music has work from Electronic Youth (the group behind the marvelous “Human Being” song from 2011’s Drive) and some by Scott Burns himself (what a talent!)- it most surely has hints of 1980s electronic film score god Vangelis (Chariots of Fire, Blade Runner).
- Stick with it if you are bothered by the inclusion of an IPhone (which plays a role in the film) in this otherwise 1980s setting.
- Recommend but not in the top 10 of 2020—in the archives for now. I am excited to see if it holds up to a rewatch.