Directed and written by Hugh Sullivan (The Art of Darts & Dying) Produced by: Sandy Cameron, Kate Crosser (My Tehran for Sale), Jonathan Page (100 Bloody Acres), Cam Rogers
Cast: Josh McConville, Hannah Marshall, Alex Dimitriades
Caught in a closed loop: Dean (Josh McConville) creates a time machine to salvage his vacation with Lana (Hannah Marshall), with hilarious consequences
Hugh Sullivan has put himself in the same league as Jon Favreau of Chef with his recent offering, the part science fiction, part romantic comedy The Infinite Man.
Both films premiered at the SXSW festival, where The Infinite Man proved to be a hit. Dean, a control-freak inventor (McConville) attempts to re-create the perfect anniversary for his girlfriend Lana (Marshall), after it goes horribly wrong when her old flame Terry (Dimitrades) rocks up at the deserted hostel block they are staying.
The film opens with a scene at the beach, which apparently took place one year after the events in the main part of the film.
However, it appears that the characters are all trapped in some kind of endless loop at the deserted hostel block in the middle of nowhere. Dean's attempt to right things turns messy after he uses the time machine to stop Lana from leaving him for the menacing Terry. Multiple versions of each character appear at the same location, causing widespread confusion with hilarious consequences all round.
Dean's desperation to win back Lana only to lose her to another of his duplicate selves serves as a reminder that we can only move forward as life cannot be rewound no matter how much we want to. Even if we could turn back time, we would only create more harm than good ultimately.
McConville shines as the control-obsessed Dean, his frustration at losing his beloved well fleshed-out. Marshall cuts a seductive figure in the long-suffering Lana.
If you had liked Denzel Washington's Deja Vu, you might like The Infinite Man. Unlike the Washington thriller, The Infinite Man is more light-hearted in its focus and the tragedy is in Dean's pathetic attempt to keep control of Lana.