Reviewed by: Greg Mueller

Greg's Score:
2.00

Plot/Story

1

Characters

2

Acting

1

Cinematography

5

Production Design

2

Soundtrack

3

Execution

1

Emotional Impact

1


Review:

I though I knew what to expect. I was prepared for terrible acting, bad effects, and lots and lots of Breen nonsense, but I was not ready for how crazy this movie is. There isn't really a plot and scenes just jarring hard cut to a new scene. Plot lines are constantly dropped. Time is irrelevant. The entire movie, all 100 minutes of it, are constantly raising new questions that we never get answers to: who was driving the car, why does he have four laptops that are never turned on, why did the emergency room attendants put an oxygen mask on his face over his large mask of gauze and put the nasal cannula on his nose, again, outside the mask (there are no holes, they just sit on top of three inches of gauze, what is the trash bag room, why does his male therapist conduct his sessions in a boardroom on opposite ends of a 12 person table and his female therapist conduct hers in a broom closet on metal folding chairs so close that their knee touch, what is that ghost thing, how long has he had these powers, etc. The entire movie has no attention to detail and no real follow through on anything. Breen just constantly adds elements and plot threads instead of continuing original ones. Breen's character, Dylan, has marital problems, but Breen seems to get bored with that and introduces Dylan's best friend and wife who also have marital problems. Soon enough, Breen grows tired of them too, so he introduces the best friend's daughter who doesn't know that you have to put the stopper in in order to fill the tub and instead just dumps a gallon of bubble bath down the drain. Nothing ever makes sense. I think if you watch the first seven and last seven minutes, you would understand more than I do. I watched it with my sister and when the credits finally rolled, we had tons of questions. The entire movie we had no idea what the main story line was and really, I still don't. I have to assume that Breen just tried to pack Fateful Findings with symbolism, but forgot that they need to symbolize something. Breen doesn't understand how to tell a story and her doesn't know how to film it either. Blood doesn't make any sense, things just happen for no determinable reasons, and he just keeps adding mysteries that he never resolves. What Fateful Findings does do right is that I was legitimately captivated the entire time. While it certainly gains points for being one of those rare "good bad" movies, I actually want to know the answers to all these questions. Who are those ghost people, what are the governments most secret secrets, what is that large book supposed to be, what is with the storage lockers, what is the black cube, how come Dylan and Leah look like there is at least a ten year age gap between them, who is the guy in the black dress shoes? What is great is that I honestly believe that Neil Breen makes his movies completely serious, unlike crap like The Incredible Bulk that are obviously made with the intention of being bad. You can feel Breen's passion in Fateful Findings, even though the movie is objectively not a good movie, I can feel his love in the film. Bren wrote, produced, and directed this film, in addition to acting in it, and doing the lighting, catering, sound, everything. Fateful Findings is unlike anything you've ever seen and I recommend it for all the reasons you usually would avoid a film.