Endless: Film Review

Endless

I decided to give Endless a whirl because I like Alexandra Shipp and think she deserves a better career than she has had thus far but it’s safe to say that Endless isn’t the one to turn things around for her.

She stars as Riley, a high school graduate who is madly in love with her boyfriend Chris (Nicholas Hamilton). After a tragic car accident, Chris dies and finds himself stuck in this weird limbo place, where his loved ones can’t see him. Despite this, the two miraculously find a way to connect.

I wasn’t massively convinced by the concept, but I went in open-minded and was willing to be bowled over by a great story and strong performances. But this film didn’t tick any of those boxes. The story is unoriginal for starters – it’s basically like a young adult version of Ghost – and the plot and script are sappy, cliched, and generic. There is no depth or nuance here whatsoever, it is all so shallow and surface level, which is a shame because there were obvious opportunities for the film to explore grief and letting go more deeply.

And the acting, oh boy. It’s very melodramatic. There was so much over-acting going on, or what felt like over-acting because their behaviour was too over the top, like they were overcompensating for the limp script. Most of the cast was guilty of this, although the worst offender was Famke Janssen as Chris’ grieving mother Lee. It’s a shame because Shipp and Hamilton play likeable enough leads (and I enjoyed DeRon Horton as Chris’ limbo guide Jordan). Shipp gives it all her emotionally, but there wasn’t enough substance there to back her up.

If you’re a fan of Shipp, then there’s no harm in giving this a go. For anybody else, your time would be better spent elsewhere.

Available on digital download from Monday 23rd November

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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