by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"
Michael is a man who is barely hanging on to his sanity. For the first 15-20 minutes of the film he talks to us as if we are right there with him. He wears a rubber band on his wrist, and uses it to help him in such a vital way. One that comes back around towards the end of the movie and also one that I myself feel is such an important symbol of a fork in the road. It's an important decision Michael must make to help him move forward, help him confront what he fears the most. And what he fears most, his abuser, Father Tom. That's right, as a child Michael fell victim, like in reality thousands of children do to the abuse at the hands of members of the clergy. People who are looked up to by ALL members of the community. And yet, they use their position of power to afflict such despicable, heinous and atrocious acts of abuse most commonly among children. The age in which these human beings are at their most vulnerable, frail, trusting. Abuse is not just the rape of the bodies of the children, but rape of their innocence, rape of their minds, of their trust, and mostly of their souls.
It is while in a local coffee shop where Michael runs into Father Tom. It is there that Michael is taken through an odyssey of his break down as his sanity begins to crack and fray. It is there at Writer/Director Skip Shea uses art and a set of striking and gut wrenching visual scenes to portray the mental and emotional agony and torture Michael is going through while trying to work through what he has to come to face with. At first as we delve into those dark visual scenes of disturbing imagery, the editing also lends its help of David Lynchian proportions as these scenes are just as hypnotic to watch as they are disturbing. I have seen some very harrowing films that dealt with the topic of abuse in my time, and they were all truly effective in their own right. However this is one such film that not only dealt and confronted the topic of abuse, but uses nightmarish scenes and disturbing hypnotic visuals to not just tell us about what it's like, but SHOWS us the inner-turmoil of someone who is dealing with years of abusive trauma and what that can do to a person, emotionally, psychologically, and even spiritually. No matter how normal or ordinary they may seem on the outside. This picture really opened my eyes and even had me welling up it was impactful in its storytelling. Sean Carmichael who plays Michael truly displays raw emotion and really goes for it in this role. Diana Porter, who plays Michael's sister Sam, was undoubtedly present in that role, as she was a rock and support system personified whenever it came time for Sam to be there for her brother. Having just seen David Graziano in Delusion, this role in particular really surprised me as it was the complete antithesis of his character in Delusion. And that surprise really made me realize the range of performance this man has. Trinity defies the convention of typical horror lore, as True Horror happens where, when, and from whom we least expect it.
Writer/Director: Skip Shea
Starring: Sean Carmichael, David Graziano, Lynn Lowry, Maria Natapov, Susan T. Travers, Izzy Lee, Anthony Ambrosino, Diana Porter, Jennifer Gjulameti, Aurora Grabill, Rick Dumont, Bob Taraschi, Denise Cascione
Rated: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 hr 24 mins
How It Can Be Seen: Coming Soon!