Movie Review (Warped Dimension): The Cloud
by Joseph Perry
Phone app horror and the newer trend of Zoom-based fear fare meet in The Cloud, an anthology film from San Francisco’s Awesome Theatre group. Created and curated by Awesome Theatre’s Artistic Director Colin Johnson, the film features a good deal of tension and some solid performances.
A new, invitation-only app called ReKomoZe is not only addictive in the usual sense — it also won’t let users quit without dire consequences. It’s also more intrusive than its downloaders could ever imagine.
In The Cloud’s main thread, Eric (Marc Abrigo) and Lacey (Sonia Sawkar) become concerned about their friend Jules (Puja Tolton), who has been using ReKomoZe and is now withdrawn. As Eric begins some online sleuthing, the app creeps into his life as well as Lacey’s. All three actors turn in nifty work, and the mystery build pays off handsomely.
In the first installment, “Dolores,” — written by Alexandria Love and directed by Nikki Meñez — celebrity vlogger Kennedi (Sharon Shao) is livestreaming when she gets a ReKomoZe invitation from a mystery user. She downloads it and as the app asks three questions about her seemingly perfect life, her online character and sanity come crashing down. Shao does a fine job as an over-the-top perky vlogger, switching gears nicely as her character confronts the sad realities and ghosts from her past that she tries to hide from the world with her bubbly online persona. “Dolores” is both dramatic and suspenseful.
Next up is “Fomo” — written by Tirumari Jothi and directed by Sarah Coykendall — in which online celebrity couple Dana Disco (Kaylamay Pas Suarez) and Trevor James (Ed Gonzales Moreno) find themselves drifting apart — to say the least — as Trevor tries to leave the ReKomoZe app that made them famous to focus on his music while Dana continues her regular livestreaming. Their mutual friend, championship gamer Miles AKA Ghostradomus (Tasi Alabastro) finds himself in the middle of their dangerous situation as Dana continually livestreams Trevor’s deadly descent. All three actors turn in admirable work, as