Radio Mechanics Review

Radio Mechanics – a review by John D’Amico

Radio Mechanics

Late-night radio talk show host Nigel Starr (Doug Pelton) is used to getting outlandish and bizarre phone calls. But a call from Stillman (Patrick Murphy), a frayed research scientist, proves to be the strangest one yet.
Armed with only theories about an alien plot to take over the world, Stillman must fight to convince Nigel that his broadcast is the “kingpin to our very existence” – before it’s too late!

Weighing in at a scant 18 minutes, Radio Mechanics is a fascinating tale – refreshing in its simplicity. By virtue of its budget, 90% of the film is set in two rooms; without chases, guns, shoddy prosthetics or product placement. Just conversation. Cobbled together from various theories ranging from David Icke to string theorists, the conversation is a rather suspenseful buildup to a Twilight Zone ending.

The performances are a little shaky — with the notable exception of Doug Pelton, who plays Nigel with droll and laconic wit–, the dialogue is a little too post-modernist at times (it felt at times like the opening narration of a short story), and some loose ends are left very loose; but this is still a very impressive debut, and I only hope they make it into a feature. On the subject of which, in my conversations with producer Lance Warlock (the son of Kurt Russell stuntman/Michael Myers Dick Warlock), I asked him if there were any plans of doing so. His response: I think we could turn it into a feature pretty easily. We’ll see what all happens!”  We’ll be waiting, Lance.
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Radio Mechanics