'Convergence': Film Review

Convergence Still - H 2016
Courtesy of Dark Sky Films
Features more twists than it can handle.

An injured detective wakes up in a hospital that may be the gateway to hell in Drew Hall's horror thriller.

Director/screenwriter Drew Hall certainly deserves points for ambition. His horror thriller Convergence features themes related to religion and the works of Dante; delivers more than one narrative twist that upends our comprehension of what's going on; and features enough symbolic elements to keep genre fans coffee-klatching for hours. Unfortunately, the end result doesn't quite pay off all of the viewer's hard work.

Set in 1999, the story's protagonist is Ben (Clayne Crawford), an Atlanta detective investigating the bombing of a women's health clinic. As he's inspecting the crime scene, another explosion goes off, and he finds himself waking up in the hospital.

And a very strange hospital it is, indeed. Ordered by his captain (Mykelti Williamson) to sit tight despite wanting to get back into the field, Ben discovers that the hospital is mysteriously unpopulated, with its few inhabitants, including a single nurse (Chelsea Burland), seemingly lost in a time warp; a weird security guard (Gary Grubbs) who isn't quite as he appears; and a menacing, Bible-spouting paramedic, Daniel (Ethan Embry), who apparently controls the premises and may be the bomber.

Hall certainly manages to create an atmosphere of sustained tension, and the details of the production design and other technical elements are painstakingly conceived and rendered. But despite the committed performances by the ensemble, particularly Crawford as the stalwart but flawed hero and Embry as the unhinged Daniel, Convergence doesn't exactly live up to its title, spinning off in so many enigmatic, complex directions that the main reaction it induces is "WTF?" It's fine for a thriller to want to keep us on our toes, but it shouldn't be trying to run us off our feet.

Distributor: Dark Sky Films
Production: Frame 29 Films, Drama Free Zone
: Clayne Crawford, Ethan Embry, Mykelti Williamson, Gary Grubbs, Chelsea Bruland
Director-screenwriter: Drew Hall
Producer: Scott Robinson
Executive producers: Denny Wilkins, D. Scott Lumpkin, Hammad Zaidi
Director of photography: Kevin Duggin
Production designer: Mark A. Terry
Editor: Shane Hazen
Costume designer: Sara Hall
Composer: Patrick Kirst

Not rated, 100 minutes