Music accompanies most films, but rarely is a full-length film made to accompany a piece of music. One exception is this pretentious and derivative science-fiction head trip, commissioned by the band Angels and Airwaves – the current project of former Blink 182 frontman Tom DeLonge – to tie in with their 2010 album Love.
The first stretch of the film is a feeble imitation of The Thin Red Line, with fragmentary images of the American Civil War backed by a folksy philosophical voiceover. Then we move onto the main event – a feeble imitation of 2001: A Space Odyssey with the star Gunner Wright alone on screen much of the time as an astronaut far from home and slowly cracking up.
The uneventful storyline might not have been a problem, except that the writer-director William Eubank has no clue how to depict feelings of boredom and frustration without making the viewer feel bored and frustrated as well. The music is wishy-washy ambient stuff, hard to care about either way.
A sometime camera technician, Eubank reportedly worked on Love for four years, shooting on sets built in his parents' backyard and enlisting the help of the local historical re-enactment club. Under the circumstances, the images are reasonably polished, using an ingenious range of technical tricks – askew close-ups, eerie lighting, restricted depth of field – to make up for limited resources. Eubank may well have a future as a cinematographer, or in the special effects business. But a filmmaker he ain't.