Lapsis (2020) – Movie Review
05 June 2021 Written by Peter Walkden
Ray (Dean Imperial) works as a delivery driver. His job does not pay a great deal, and he finds it challenging to financially take care of both himself and his younger brother, who requires medical treatment. When an opportunity comes up, thanks to one of Ray’s friends, he decides to make general inquiries about laying high-end cable. With Ray’s close connection, he can jump the waiting queue and begin work.
Unlike being a delivery driver, laying cable in the present day is an opportunity to earn big dollars if the terms and conditions are met. Some of the terms include only having breaks when advised, and Ray must always stay on track at a solid pace. To make sure Ray does not fall behind, an automatic robot takes the same path as him. Should the robot pass him and reach the final point before Ray, he will not get paid for his cable laying labour or his time. But things become more interesting when Ray discovers his credentials and username for the job used to belong to someone else. Whenever Ray reveals his code name, he learns his co-workers are not fond of him for an unknown reason. Ray’s digital wallet is also filled with a surprising number of credits which he hasn’t earnt, allowing him to make larger purchases while working in the field.
Lapsis is a creative film. It is also a film that includes elements of mystery, sci-fi and even a touch of drama. Dean Imperial’s performance as Ray was excellent. As a character, I found him to be quite fun and likeable. Ray has a great introduction to the audience, and we learn that he is passionate about doing anything to make sure his brother gets the help he needs. We also learn more about the current state of the world. Ray is surrounded by those using more advanced computer systems and the world is moving forward with higher internet speeds, making this film feel slightly futuristic.
As Ray begins his new job, it is mysterious and exciting for viewers to watch. Nothing that comes next is predictable, and the film had my investment as I wanted to know if Ray would find himself in danger or if he would be successful with helping his brother. The pacing is generally pleasing. In the second act, I found myself highly engaged, but I was disappointed with the final moments, which did not feel as exciting as what the film was building up to. Some moments in the ending also feel vague regarding plot and details, but everything prior was enjoyable. I enjoyed the film’s creativity and the general filming style, which features Ray laying cable and in bushland for most of the duration.
Overall, Lapsis is a highly creative film with many refreshing concepts. It also succeeds in combining the genres of sci-fi, thriller and drama into one. Performances and the effects are solid with a filming style I could not fault. The plot had me invested and excited, but I cannot deny the final moments felt vague and less exciting than I hoped for, especially considering what the film was building up to. No matter my thoughts on the finale, the movie is still highly unpredictable, and Lapsis generally left me feeling quite positive.
Lapsis (2020) is Now Available in Australian Cinemas!