Volition (2019) – Movie Review
1st July 2021 Written by Peter Walkden
James (Adrian Glynn McMorrian) is gifted with a unique ability. At any moment, James can receive a glimpse into his future before key events happen. He is haunted by his past, which involves his mother dying in a tragic car accident. James is soon offered a large sum of money to work for a criminal who wants him involved with a diamond exchange. This criminal is aware of James’s clairvoyance ability, and he hopes James’s skills will make the exchange more successful. James is always in need of money, so he accepts the job.
It is not long until James starts getting visions of a woman who he has never met. He soon discovers that she will have a greater purpose in his life. But things get a little concerning for James when he starts getting visions of the future, including his death. James also makes more extensive discoveries about two criminals who want the diamonds for themselves. Now James will need to use his ability and wits to survive, protect the mysterious girl, and outsmart those trying to frame him wrongly.
Volition is a clever and creative film, but I cannot deny it is also quite familiar regarding the theme of a leading character being able to see their future in advance. Movies such as Next or Triangle are examples of plots with similar outlines and sci-fi concepts. But what makes Volition different is that it mashes similar films into one film on another level as more major reveals are made. The film starts small but grows into something quite mysterious yet exciting and unpredictable.
Consisting of a small cast, this movie feels more significant than what I assume was a low budget. The performance from Adrian Glynn McMorran as James was excellent and, like the plot, convincing. The villains and the film’s possible romantic lead are certainly more of a weaker aspect. These characters come across as ever so slightly cheesy or, in the end, somewhat forgettable. The concept that James would even have a possible romance also feels forced and, perhaps, unnecessary. Visuals are pleasing for the most part.
Overall, I immensely enjoyed this film. While it certainly seems familiar to titles such as Next or Triangle, I still found myself having a solid time. It is a sci-fi film that manages to take bold and surprising turns along the way, making it more and more exciting as the film progresses. Excepting the final moments, I found the movie unpredictable for the majority. Despite the small cast, it is entertaining, creative, and undoubtedly worthwhile viewing, as it exceeded my expectations.
Volition (2019) is Now Available on DVD!