Teaser trailer released for mind-bending thriller Volition

Last Updated on July 30, 2021

Volition Tony Dean Smith Magda Apanowicz

Director Tony Dean Smith's award-winning "mind-bending science fiction thriller" VOLITION will be screening at London's Frightfest this Saturday, August 24th, and in anticipation of this event a teaser trailer for the film has been released online.

Written by Tony Dean Smith and Ryan W. Smith (the duo also produced the film through the Smith Brothers Film Company), VOLITION has the following logline: 

A man afflicted with clairvoyance tries to change his fate when a series of events leads to a vision of his own imminent murder.

If you want a bit more information on what it's all about, here's the synopsis: 

When you know your world is predetermined, it’s hard to care about your choices. This is true for James Odin. On a rain-soaked night in 1991, two cars collide, leaving all drivers dead on the scene, including the mother of the lone survivor — a child — James Odin. It’s a tragedy. But what’s more tragic is that seven-year-old James foresaw the accident happening two months prior. He tried to prevent it, but who’s going to believe a kid who claims to see the future? Twenty-plus years later, James is a product of the failed foster care system. Knowing that the events of his future are predestined, he’s getting by, using his ability for petty crime and cheap thrills. But when a pre-sentient vision reveals to him his own imminent murder, James must go on the run. Together with a new friend, Angela, he must change the fate he knows is fixed.

Adrian Glynn McMorran, Magda Apanowicz, Aleks Paunovic, John Cassini, Frank Cassini, and Bill Marchant star.

Laurence "Paly" Palestrant served as executive producer.

Tony Dean Smith had this to say about his film: 

I have always loved social and cerebral science-fiction, all the way from The Twilight Zone to Black Mirror. What I love about these stories is how they position a character in direct opposition to his/her belief system – forcing them to look at their choice-points in the most creative of ways. I’ve also been fascinated by the existential debate of fate vs. free-will. If we have free-will, do we exercise it? How do we know we aren’t fated to do so?

On the surface, VOLITION fits into this mold. It’s is a cerebral science-fiction thriller about James, a man afflicted with clairvoyance, who is spurred into action after seeing a vision of his own imminent murder. From its origin, this premise had enough of a hook to grab me, yet it’s not what drove me to spend years developing the story alongside my brother Ryan W. Smith (co-writer and producer). What compelled me was something far deeper and, ultimately, something entirely personal. It took me a while to realize it, but I was really telling my own story. Like the character in VOLITION, there was a time in my life when the world felt fated and deterministic. The more I leaned on this fixed mindset — a belief that I “knew” how my future “should” transpire — the less active I became. My worldview became a self-fulfilling prophecy — sometimes as a boon, but more often as a hindrance. For me, VOLITION works as a metaphor, challenging us to face our greatest fears and to take a leap into the unknown.

We hope VOLITION takes the viewers on a mind-bending adventure, allowing all to partake in the choice-points that shape our characters. I also hope that, like the stories that inspired me, this film lingers just a little bit longer… allowing our audience to think about the ideas of fate versus free-will and how the notion that the very thing we think about ourselves (positive or negative) becomes our worldview and therefor, our world. And though this vision may seem fated, there is always time to break free."

Check out the trailer below and see if this looks like a mind-bending adventure you'd like to go on.


Source: Arrow in the Head

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