Frequencies (aka OXV: The Manual) movie review: do you feel me?

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A film to warm the cockles of your geeky heart, an incredibly ambitious and profoundly provocative science fiction drama about ideas that require no FX to sell them.
I’m “biast” (pro): yay! real science fiction! yay!

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Are you hungry for true ideas-fueled science fiction? Do you lament that we so rarely see such things in movies? Then here is a film to warm the cockles of your geeky heart. For here we have a low-budget — I’m gonna guess ultra-low-budget — little British tale from a slightly parallel universe where everyone has a “frequency.” High frequency correlates with good luck and “nature” working hard to give you “everything you want”; low frequency correlates with klutziness and doofiness and general bad luck. It’s a metaphor for privilege and chance and even romantic attraction, though it seems to work in an anti way with Zak (played in very convincing ascending ages, from eight-ish to teen to adult, by Charlie Rixon, Dylan Llewellyn, and Daniel Fraser [The Patrol]) and Marie (Lily Laight [In Secret], Georgina Minter-Brown, and Eleanor Wyld). He is super-low frequency; she is super-high. When they’re kids, they can’t spend more than 60 seconds in close proximity before something weirdly disastrous happens; she finds this intriguing and develops scientific experiments around the pitfalls of their interactions. She’s coolly rational and lacking in empathy; he’s goofy and completely smitten with her from childhood. And then he discovers a way to change his frequency so that he can spend a little more time with her… Writer and director Darren Paul Fisher extrapolates from a sci-fi version of an awkward teen romance and takes his beautifully oddball — and yet still somehow wholly plausible — concept into a realm where the fundamental nature of the universe, or at least of humanity, is called into question. Frequencies ends up, electrifyingly, in an insanely bonkers and kind of amazing place where words have literally power and free will and creativity are up in the air. This is incredibly ambitious and profoundly provocative science fiction drama that you must see if you value thought as much as you do action in your cinema.

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BrianJKelly
BrianJKelly
Tue, May 27, 2014 7:56pm

Sounds awesome! As always, thanks for the heads-up!

RogerBW
RogerBW
Wed, May 28, 2014 10:13am

A film where the loser guy goes after the amazingly pretty girl, and MaryAnn still enjoyed it? I have to see this.

MaryAnn Johanson
MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  RogerBW
Thu, May 29, 2014 11:42pm

I get that filmmakers (and all storytellers) often fall back on their own fantasies. That’s okay. But ya gotta make those fantasies relevant to those who don’t share your naughty bits! This one does.

Oracle Mun
Oracle Mun
Fri, May 30, 2014 3:10pm

Sounds fascinating!

Quantum Surfer
Quantum Surfer
Mon, Aug 11, 2014 6:20pm

The premise of this film sounds like a novel interpretation of the quantum basis of the Law of Attraction, where if you adopt a positive outlook & wish hard enough the universe adjusts to realise your wishes

Dr. Rocketscience
Dr. Rocketscience
reply to  Quantum Surfer
Mon, Aug 11, 2014 6:37pm

The Doctor: She’s my TARDIS. And she’s a woman.
Amy: [beat] Did you wish really hard?

MaryAnn Johanson
MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Quantum Surfer
Mon, Aug 11, 2014 11:56pm

Not at all.

PleiadianX
PleiadianX
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 6:46pm

Loved this movie!!!! Funny enough its not sci-fi coz its real. Frequency is – qi/kundalini/life force. Amazing Movie!!!!

Drayson Roberts
Drayson Roberts
Thu, Jan 15, 2015 7:17am

I’ve been watching this film over and over again on Showtime. “Frequencies” vibrates with me and rings with reality. It’s a great example of how people respond to others from their vibration and not as much on how they look. If you’re not feeling well, it seems nothing goes right. Taking this to extremes, as in Frequencies, where one’s genes can give you a vibration so that the universe works to bring you everything you want, and vice versa, just shows you what is happening in your life all the time. Eat some junk food and you get bad luck.

Ken Kaplan
Ken Kaplan
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 11:16pm

Actually the film is closer to reality than conventional thought would imagine. Read Ask and It is Given by Ester Hicks ( the basis of “The Secret”) and you might understand that frequency is real, and one’s fate in relationship to it (which can be raised) are inexorably entwined. Art here is close to imitating life.

MaryAnn Johanson
MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Ken Kaplan
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 11:53am

You’re not going to find much respect for pseudoscientific claptrap here. Frequency such as you’re talking about isn’t real. Confirmation bias is, however.

Ken Kaplan
Ken Kaplan
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 7:19am

For those wedded to Newtonian physics, E=mc2 was clap trap too. After all, how could matter and energy possibly be the same? It took the entire physics community, and they were the elite of their time, 4 years after publication, and that was only due to Planck, to catch up (ever hear of these people?) .And Einstein himself never fully understood quantum mechanics. So don’t worry. You’re in good company.

MaryAnn Johanson
MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Ken Kaplan
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 9:46am

Come talk to us when your frequency theory has been scientifically accepted in the way that Einstein’s physics has.

Ken Kaplan
Ken Kaplan
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 1:43pm

Goodbye. We have no area of reference in agreement. Have a good life.

Bluejay
reply to  Ken Kaplan
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 1:28pm

“The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.” — Carl Sagan

They eventually stopped dismissing Einstein because his ideas were confirmed by rigorous experimental tests and empirical evidence. If that ever happens to the ideas in “The Secret,” then you may have a point. Until then, your argument is just faith and wishful thinking.

Ken Kaplan
Ken Kaplan
reply to  Bluejay
Tue, Dec 01, 2015 5:15am

Have a nice life.

am74
am74
reply to  Ken Kaplan
Sun, Jan 01, 2017 4:02am

Just for the record Einstein was never laughed at. His papers were always regarded with respect.

This is mvie about ideas, I would even say an enlightement movie. It is also very close to reality more than what this “phylosophycal” review captures. It is critique of society and mankind from a standpoint of humanistic values. If it isn’t selfevident when “The book” or “The manual” enters, than the touching monologue acompanied by even more touching piano should clear all doubts. The climax scene is probably the most beautiful scene since Alice entered the colorufl Wonderland out of her black-and-white Kansas. The scene itself is a worth watching the movie. When music plays we are all same. Unfortunately some of you have to quarell even about such a beautiful message as this movie try to send out.

David Spector
reply to  Ken Kaplan
Tue, Sep 25, 2018 10:53pm

Einstein fully understood QM. It says so in the field of study called The History of Science. Don’t dis Einstein. It’s just that he disagreed with the major interpretation that said that it all comes down to probabilities. He said, “God does not play with dice” and “there’s no such thing as ‘spooky action at a distance’.” Later theories, such as Pilot Waves, give theories that Einstein might have liked. The jury is still out until experiment resolves the current puzzles that remain in QM.

The science in ‘Frequencies’ is not science, and it doesn’t have to be. It is science fiction, a genre that even many physicists enjoy.

Atiyab Zafar
Atiyab Zafar
Wed, Jan 27, 2016 3:45pm

An excellent and ambitions masterpiece, in recent time we should get more people to watch these original movies
https://filmicsite.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/frequencies-2003-an-ambitious-and-cerebral-film/