Writer-director James Kerwin’s Yesterday Was a Lie starring (and produced by) DS9 vet Chase Masterson opens in Los Angeles today. The independent film was extremely well-received on the indie film circuit, picking up several awards along the way. The film runs on a limited engagement, so see below for our spoiler-free review of Yesterday Was a Lie.
REVIEW: Yesterday Was A Lie
Very rarely does a film effectively combine contrasting genres with an engaging plot, all the while challenging the audience to think. Yesterday Was a Lie, the award-winning brainchild of writer-director James Kerwin, is a black and white neo-noir film with a science fiction twist. Seemingly set in 1940s LA as evidenced by the clothing styles and character behaviors, modern day tech makes its way into the film in the form of computers, cell phones, and e-mail. The choice by Kerwin to set the film in a non-timeframe helps the suspension of disbelief and adds to the mystery that carries the plot.
The film takes us on a wild journey through investigations of the power of the human mind, and it is difficult to summarize without giving away too much. What I write here is meant as a brief look into the movie. The story focuses around Hoyle (Kipleigh Brown), a sharp-witted gal with a weakness for bourbon, as she follows the work of a reclusive genius (John Newton). Her investigations take her on a journey into the unknown, surreal world of the human mind. In a smoky night club, Hoyle meets a mysterious singer, played by Star Trek vet Chase Masterson, who gets a chance to show off her stunning vocal talents and gives an engaging performance on screen. The relationship between Hoyle and the singer seems to go deeper than the surface, and Chase Masterson’s character follows and guides Hoyle on her journey of discovery.
Masterson and Kipleigh Brown (Hoyle) in "Yesterday was a Lie"
Yesterday is sure to please sci-fi fans with a top notch cast as well as an interesting take on the genre. Kerwin challenges his audience to think and understand some pretty heavy metaphysical concepts, which allows for a much more engaging and multi-dimensional viewing experience. Audio and visual clues bring us into the past, while investigations into the possibilities of the human mind thrust us into the future. It is incredible how much is jam packed into the 1.5 hour film, which leaves us begging for more at the end.
Chase Masterson as ‘The Singer’ in "Yesterday was a Lie"
Open in Los Angeles today – on DVD Spring 2010
Yesterday Was a Lie is playing at the Laemmle Sunset 5 Theater in Los Angeles. Today’s showtimes are at 3:10pm and 7:40pm. Check out the theater’s website and the official website for more information. What’s next? The rest is up to you! Take a journey into the unknown; go and see the movie!
And if you aren’t in LA, you will be able to pick up the movie, which will be released in 2010.
Trailers and Featurettes
Chase Masterson as “The Singer”
Look for a TrekMovie review with Chase soon, which will have more on the film and DVD release.