Liz’s FilmQuest Review: Volition (2019)

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★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★

Volition is a twisty little thriller with an exceptional cast, it isn’t reinventing the wheel but it’s definitely rolling right along.

Directed by Tony Dean Smith

James (Adrian Glynn McMorran) is late on the rent, down on his luck and has a bad case of deja vu. In fact, since he was a little boy James has had the ability to see things before they happen, including his mother’s fatal car accident.

James uses his ability to see the future to pull small cons and lives a life of petty crime, but when he is hired by Ray, a shady businessman, to arrange the handoff of ten million dollars in of conflict diamonds, James sees a vision of his own death.

After he’s double-crossed, James and his new friend and love interest Angela (Magda Apanowicz), turn to his foster father Elliot (a Ron Swanson doppelganger played by Bill Marchant) to see if his fate is predetermined or if he can fight the future he has seen and save himself.

Volition adds some fun to the time travel/ alternate reality genre that is home to movies like Looper and Inception (both films it has been compared to). There is no fat in this script and the film wastes nothing in its 90 minute run time. It’s real strength however lies with the top-notch cast lead by the extremely charismatic, award-winning Adrian Glynn McMorran.

Volition is currently on the festival circuit and will be screening at FilmQuest in Provo, UT. If it comes to a festival near you, make sure you go out and see this film.

Review by Liz Williams

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