Writer/director Alexander Adolph perfectly captures a sense of creeping dread and the fractured state of mind of the protagonist, played very well by Berkel. I was reminded of Jeremy Irons in “Dead Ringers” as he start...展开s to wildly self-medicate, popping pills like they were candy, imagining conversations with people who haven’t even opened their mouths and creating horrific visions in his mind. The setting of an abandoned modern office is inspired, and it made me glad I’ve had to take a temp job in a place where you have to wave your arms around in order to get the lights working. There’s something extremely eerie about the static, urban and sterile office environment that lends itself beautifully to the plot elements.
There are dozens of clever references too, horror buffs and even just film fans in general can have lots of fun spotting nods to films ranging from Taxi Driver to Suspiria and Blair Witch and beyond, this is a competent director who is clearly having fun with the material.