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Reaching Distance (2018)

Logan, a cynic with a photographic memory, follows his sister's killer onto a night-rider bus. As the line between past and present begins to blur on the journey, Logan uncovers he has a complex past with much more than one passenger.

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David Fairhurst

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Credited cast:
Tara Morice ... Reader
Wade Briggs ... Logan
Sophia Forrest ... Tiff
Matt Day ... Martin
Eddie Baroo ... Gilroy
Morgan Griffin ... Mo
Jacqui Williams ... Dana
Giselle van der Wiel ... Chell
Meyne Wyatt ... Zach
Anna Bauert ... Sandra
Tilly Bulle Tilly Bulle ... Young Chell
Frederick Hama Frederick Hama ... Donald
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After, Logan a cynic with a photographic memory witnesses his twin sisters death in a horrific car accident, his vivid memories of the event have left him unable to move on, leaving his life in tatters. Facing a night sleeping on the street, by sheer chance Logan finds Martin, the banker responsible for his sister's death, and tracks him onto a night-rider bus. His attempts at vengeance are thwarted by increasingly strange interactions with the other passengers, including an inquisitive nurse who insists she knows Logan, her jealous boyfriend despite his sure fire knowledge otherwise, two bickering teenagers and a pants-less homeless person whose unhinged religious ramblings might have more truth to them than he lets on. Things take a turn for the bizarre as Logan is knocked unconscious and awakes to find the line between the past and present has fractured, as visions of his dead sister and vivid memories begin to replay within the confines of the bus. As he desperately finds a way to...

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A bus ride through the mind.
30 June 2019 | by rbqldSee all my reviews

Reaching Distance's history feels like a 1990's edition of Changing Rooms. "Can you take a scrapyard bus and with a few thousand dollars make a movie?".

In his feature-length debut, David Fairhurst has proven you can. More so, this is not a low budget indie that creeks and crackles. The lighting is good, sound crisp, staging excellent, acting solid and soundtrack impressive. Fairhurst's script, which uses few locations and a small core cast, is key to that. Altogether a smart and well-executed approach.

It must be said this route puts a lot of pressure on actor Wade Briggs as Logan. Reaching Distance is dialogue heavy. Briggs is in every scene and has significant dialogue in near-enough all of the movie's 93 minutes. Perhaps with such limited locations and transition between scenes that was inevitable. That's no small task and one which could have derailed proceedings. Thankfully Briggs rises to the challenge.

Reaching Distance is Logan's story, his grief, regret, denial and forgiveness. It explores the physical and psychological impacts of the car crash which killed his twin sister.

If one has to be critical, like a cross city bus ride, the plot is slow at times. It's also not always clear where the movie is going. When it gets there, the movie's genuine cleverness becomes apparent. You have to wait a little too long for that to become clear though. For video on demand, where it's easy to click the back button, an express route is needed. I'm just not convinced everyone's attention will hold that long.

Frustrating as I found that wait, Reaching Distance is ultimately worth it. Once over the initial delay, engaging twists arrive regularly and keep one surprised throughout. Congratulations to those involved, who have set a bar for indie quality. Despite some problems, it is a good psychological drama.


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