Edgar — struggling with his own mental health — is the most vulnerable character in The Axiom, and the film plays around with questions relating to his sanity. Instead, filmed as it is here, the result is sometimes less than impressive and can fail to make the impact that the movie seems to be implying that it should. Or rather, alternative timelines, I guess. She plays the role of McKenzie who is looking for her sister Marylyn, who has been missing since she went to Cinder Park. McKenzie chooses to rescue Marylyn first.
He also references many horror films throughout, macerating them to create something fresh and exciting. At worst, aspects of the production come across as uneven, but never outright awful. Of course, there are shades of The Blair Witch Project and Evil Dead, but more interestingly, Woods references Refn and Argento in the design of the final axiom. McKenzie survives and unexpectedly returns to Leon. Leon admits that he forced his wife into The Axiom and sent Marylyn in there too. Martin and Darcy have sex in the woods.
A pair of siblings deal with the possibility of living apart for the first time; Edgar Taylor Flowers struggles with mental health issues; and Gerrik Michael Harrison hides his self-loathing behind a mask of affability. Despondent over her situation, Marylyn slits her own throat. Not only is there a total lack of the sort of stilted and unnatural acting seen in countless other microbudget horror affairs, but the performances are genuinely fantastic across the board. Resurrected in an entranced state, Darcy arrives with an ax and kills Gerrik. McKenzie calls Leon while searching the woods for Edgar.
And it does also manage to end the movie with an intense and fulfilling ending. Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. Final person on this road trip turned camping adventure is Michael Peter Harrison. Edgar strangles Darcy with the chain on his shackles. The dialogue may stumble once or twice, but these actors always sell it anyway. Martin confronts Edgar, who has no memory of attacking Darcy. The cast in The Axiom Hattie Smith is the star of The Axiom as the main protagonist.
In the opening scene, a girl is forced into the portal where she is swiftly killed by a monster. Leon tells McKenzie that Marylyn and Martin are in different axioms and she has to choose who she wants to save. Leon explains that there are at least six different axioms, each containing unique monsters. This creature is seen only partially — the pallid skin, the impossibly long arms — and because of this, the opening scene is the scariest in the film. None of this — it should be said — is the fault of the actors. Leon gives McKenzie vials of a red liquid that he claims will prevent hallucinatory visions along with a map and a phone for contacting him.
McKenzie and Martin flee, but become separated at the portal entrance when McKenzie crosses back into reality. The way we know we are in the axiom, for example, is by having a drift of cherry blossom fall languorously across the screen. Word-wise, the script builds a story out of fractured folklore and other bizarre bits that could have sounded utterly laughable if issued from inexperienced mouths. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. The Axiom delivers a pretty intense horror story.
First feature film from Nicholas Woods The writer and director of The Axiom is feature film debutant, Nicholas Woods. When they arrive, they discover that the park is full of axioms, hidden portals to alternate realities in which predatory creatures exist. The first thing you realize when watching The Axiom is that this is a beautiful film. A group of teenagers go in search of a missing friend, travelling to a national park after finding clues written in her diary. Pocketing a few vials of red liquid that Leon says will prevent haunting hallucinations, McKenzie hits the trail with her friends none the wiser to the otherworldly dangers in store.
The gore stuff is very well executed, but some of the other stuff feels like it was crafted with the intention of shooting it in a more… stylized manner. McKenzie confesses that the woods are rumored to be dangerous and a number of people have gone missing there. Leon tells McKenzie that the drogyr creatures are body possessors and the two teenagers are part of a group that hunts them for sport. McKenzie then resurrects in an entranced state. With The Axiom, Nicholas Woods establishes himself as a brilliant director, crafting a film that feels masterfully executed, even under the constraints of a limited budget.
McKenzie helps the two men recover. However, they suddenly act as though nothing out of the ordinary is happening. Similarly, there are other interesting design choices made throughout the film, adding a subversive twist to something which could easily have seemed rote. Maybe with a dash of the key-monster from Insidious: The Last Key. Any director who can get this level of quality out of their cast and crew on their first ever film is someone to keep an eye on. Leon joins Charl, Ernie, and Daniel. After encountering more visions, Martin returns to the outpost to find Darcy dead.