Lost Solace (2016) [FrightFest 2016]

LOSTSOLACESpence is a sociopath who preys on rich women in their times of need.  He starts off as the absolute perfect boyfriend, the man most women want: He’s romantic, thoughtful, takes charge when needed, helpful, and he’s good looking.  In reality, he’s cold, calculated, doesn’t care about anyone, he’s a sociopath.  After he meets his new mark Azaria, he gets in deeper than usual with her family as his health takes a bad turn.

Directed by Chris Scheuerman who co-wrote with star Andrew Jenkins, the film develops slowly until a twist in the story changes things.  The character of Spence is built almost like a modern day, broke Patrick Bateman.  Self-absorbed, only interested in what affects him directly.  Where Bateman preyed on his victims for mostly his own entertainment, Spence does it partially for his financial gain.  The way this character and his story are built keeps the attention and gets the viewer involved and wanting to know more.

Andrew Jenkins plays the character of Spence completely cold and faking emotions at first and eventually shows a few actual emotions as the story moves forward.  The way he is completely in control at first, and then switches shows a good grasp on the character and the material.  Of course, having co-written the film has to have helped.  Playing the second mark in the slice of Spence’s life shown is Melissa Roxburgh as Azaria who brings more emotions to the film.  She shows nice nuances and balances out the character of Spence.  Also giving interesting performances are Charlie Kerr and Michael Kopsa as Azaria’s crazy brother and asshole father.

The film looks beautiful with cinematography by Thomas Billingsley whose images bring coldness to the film at first, and then brings a more nervous look to the film.  Also an important part of the film’s look and style are the visual effects that add a lot to the fell of everything, especially in the second half.  From early on, these visual effects create a painting that seems to breathe while later they bring back this painting in a stunning way.  After the tonal switch, the use of visual effects is strong and more invasive but in a good way.  It adds to a lot of the scenes, bringing the viewer in what is lived by the character.

Lost Solace looks beautiful with stunning visual effects and good performances.  It takes the sociopath as anti-hero and goes in an interesting way.  It could have been just another cold blooded con-man story but its twist adds to it, making it more interesting after the groan brought by the twist passes and the film is given a fair chance.  Lost Solace is worth seeing for some of its visuals and its take on sociopath as well as its developments which are surprising.