A new clip has been released from Nacho Vigalondo’s new thriller Open Windows (review), and what we get here is a good look at the chaotic filming design the creative director presents us with.
The entire film is shown as it looks in the clip, with star Elijah Wood clicking on web pages and cameras, and while the idea may seem nauseating to some, I am all for directors willing to try something different. The clip also presents Wood, who plays Nick Chambers, with a trust issue as he is asked to keep a secret, a secret which on face value looks slightly unsettling.
The film is due for release here in the UK on 17th October.
Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo is the man responsible for the truly dazzling time travel headfuck, Timecrimes. He has also directed the yet to be released in the UK sci-fi Extraterrestrial and has also directed a segment for both The ABC’s of Death and The Profane Exhibit. Now the director has made the jump to an English language film with his latest work of brilliance, Open Windows.
The director has bagged himself an impressive cast too, including current horror golden boy Elijah Wood (who is also producing), Kill List’s Neil Maskell and porn star Sasha Grey. The film is presented in real time, and watches as Wood’s character searches for his missing girlfriend on-line, and Neil Maskell plays the villain who has abducted her.
Director Vigalondo said of the film:
“Just as in Brian De Palma’s Blow Out, the girl is captured. The hero will have to use every means at his disposal to discover where she is and rescue her from the villain before its too late,” said Vigalondo. “The action will be followed on the screen of a laptop connected to the Internet – an approach that has excited us all from the outset. Something like this means going beyond high concept films like Paranormal Activity, Cloverfield or Chronicle,” he continued. “Instead of simulating a home video camera, we will be representing a computer desktop. The movie screen becomes a computer screen, and the spectator becomes the protagonist of this adventure.”
Spanish producer Lavigne revealed the production would use 12 different types of camera, including webcams, head cameras, tablets, mobile phones, 3D mapping cameras as well as security and satellite cameras to shoot the multi-format picture.
“Open Windows is full of twists, but it’s essentially a 90-minute chase, a continuous climax with unrelenting tension… it is also a powerful viral tool, with a wide potential for different audiences,” he said.
Elijah Wood stars as a fanboy of actress Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey), and as the winner of an online contest he gets the rare chance to have dinner with her. However, when dinner plans are cancelled someone named Chord says he can make up for it. Chord gives Nick (Elijah Wood) the tools to spy on Jill from his computer, in a way that no fan could ever dream of. After each demand Chord gives Nick, it becomes apparent that Chord set the whole thing up and Nick is a part of a much bigger, more sinister plan.