‘The One I Love’ is probably the best episode of Twilight Zone never made. I went into this movie knowing virtually nothing, which is how I was told to do it, and damn did it blow my mind on several occasions. The movie was made on a shoestring budget by new director Charlie McDowell and first time writer Justin Lader. The fact that a movie this interesting, original, and mind bending came from two fresh faces is an exciting prospect. I really hope these two guys go on to do more, because both of them have tons of talent. The One I Love is a wonderfully acted, fascinating look into relationships and marriage with a big side of cerebral science fiction.
I don’t want to go too in depth about the plot, but I will say more than the trailers show. It’s interesting, because all the promotional material for this movie is basically selling the twist. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that done before, but with this movie, they absolutely meet every expectation I had. The One I Love opens with Ethan and Sophie breaking into a rich neighbors pool. This is essentially where they fell in love, after meeting at a party, and soon after that they were married. However, they’re here tonight to try and recreate that feeling. Their marriage has grown stale in recent years, and they are trying to recreate that magical moment to possibly help rekindle the dying embers of their passion for each other. This doesn’t work, so they go see a therapist (Ted Danson) who attempts to help them out. He recommends a weekend getaway at a nice private secluded house that he has sent numerous clients, all of whom left there with a new-found love for their partners. Ethan and Sophie decide to try it out, and their arrival at the house (and it’s guesthouse) mark the turning point of the film. I won’t say anything else out of respect to spoilers, but like I said, if you’re a fan of The Twilight Zone, then you’ll really dig the twists and turns.
What’s risky about a movie like this, with only three credited cast members, is that a lot rests on the actors shoulders. However, with Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass, director Charlie McDowell really hit the jackpot in the likability department. Moss, who is great as Peggy Olsen on Mad Men, plays Sophie as carefree, funny, and understanding. Mark Duplass, who really broke out in mumble-core films (many of which he and his brother directed) is equally as good as Ethan. Their chemistry together is great as the movie moves along, with them starting out very distant, but becoming closer over time. What the movie also requires from them, (without spoiling too much) is to play different shades of their same characters. Both Moss and Duplass are up to the challenge, and I really hope the two work together again after ‘The One I Love’, because they’ve helped in making an amazing movie together.
That’s going to wrap up today’s write up, thanks for reading! If this movie sounds interesting to you (hopefully I could have helped in that regard) definitely check it out on VOD right now! This movie could really become a cult-classic if enough people are made aware of it. I know this entry is coming pretty late, but Ive been busy as hell working on music with my band recently. Expect more regular entries like twice a week or so in the future, as I’m starting school and can nail down a more regular schedule for these. Also notice at the top of the page the new link to ARCHIVES. If you ever want to read an older entry, just give that a click. Keep an eye out for reviews on SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, THE GIVER, and STARRED UP (if it comes to San Antonio) coming over the next couple weeks!