Published on Oct 23, 2018
Harbinger is a 2016 American eco-thriller written and directed by Cody Duckworth and produced by Jonathan de la Luz. It stars Dimitrius Pulido, Tina Rodriguez, Paeka Campos, Joseph T. Campos. Harbinger was among films screened at 22nd San Antonio Film Festival, 19th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival and 49th WorldFest-Houston festival, where it won "Silver Remi Award".
Director: Cody Duckworth
Writer: Cody Duckworth
Stars: Dimitrius Pulido, Tina Rodriguez, Paeka Campos
Runtime: 1h 24min
The fantasy film follows twelve-year-old girl Mira Gonzaga who has been having terrible dreams after a traumatic brain injury of an undisclosed origin. Taking care of Mira and his pregnant wife, Jesús Gonzaga moves the family away from the city to a secluded ranch in the Texas hill-country. Mira soon discovers that the ranch is just as far from safety. She has vivid night dreams, sees her deceased grandmother and a monster who claims to be her soon-to-be-born brother. There are several hints in the movie that these strange occurrences are taking place as a result of poisoned water from nearby fracking operations. After Mira's mother dies and Jesús tries to feed Mira poisonous wild boar meat, their neighbor Dimitri comes and saves her, chasing Jesús until giant drilling rigs explode.
This fantasy/eco-thriller follows twelve-year-old Mira Gonzaga who has been having terrible dreams. As the night terrors continue warnings from her deceased grandmother and visions of things-to-come haunt her dreams as well as her waking reality. When nearby fracking operations begin to infiltrate the ranch’s water supply; Mira’s parents begin to feel it’s dire effects as a transformation begins…and Mira’s worst nightmares become real.
When I hear that a movie is award winning it doesn't give the film any additional credibility in my eyes. Awards mean nothing, you'd be amazed how many films in the IMDB top 250 I think are awful! In fact a lot of the top 10 are in my opinion!
Harbinger is an award winning (Yawn) fantasy/horror/thriller tale about a small latino family who move into the middle of nowhere for a break after their daughter is involved in an accident. The daughter hates it and wants to leave and rapidly it becomes apparent that her fears were justified.
Harbinger has a great little cast of mostly unknowns, the biggest name is Robert Rodriguez's sister Tina. It's lead is a really promising young lady by the name of Paeka Campos who I hope goes onto have a fantastic career based on her performance here.
I was gripped, despite a couple of eyebrow raising moments it had my attention and I was curious to see where it was going. A slow burn it's enjoyable regardless, that is until the end.
When something "Happens" it happens fast, makes up the last 10 minutes of the film (If that) and is bafflingly awful. I don't just mean bad, I mean just random unexplained nonsense that came out of nowhere and fitted the movie about as much as if Tinky Winky the Teletubby saved the day at the end of the new 2018 Halloween. It's ridiculously bad!
I was really enjoying the film up until this point and still can't get my head around what I saw. Was this some kind of joke? An April fools gag? Making a great film and then ending it on such an embarassing note?
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