This is a sci-fi full movie about “Sweet” and “subtle” are not the first words you’d expect to read in a description of a sci-fi film about cloning a Neanderthal. But those are exactly the first two words that came to mind after seeing indie director Tim Disney’s latest film, William. And they are the two characteristics I like most to watch online.
There’s really no need for flashy visual effects or imposing music in this very original film about a pair of academics who decide to invest their all into cloning a Neanderthal from ancient DNA. The two fall in love and get married, and one of them, Dr. Barbara Sullivan (Maria Dizzia), actually opts to carry the embryo they create and give birth.
The result is William (Will Brittain, with realistic prosthetics that are subtle rather than over the top) the first Neanderthal to walk the earth in some 35,000 years. To raise him in a lab or in a normal (as possible) family environment is but one of the ethical conflicts that arise. This is the story of William attempting to grow and adapt to a world genetics did not prepare him for. Free download HD movie from filmxy.
One of the film’s strengths is an artfully shaded script, written by Disney and J.T. Allen. There is no black and white here—good characters make bad choices, bad characters make good choices, and just because some are experts doesn’t mean they’re right. The extremely talented Beth Grant’s performance as Dr. Godwin Thomas exemplifies this—was it really helpful for her to reveal all she did?
Questions like this and more abound throughout the film, with no answers thrown in your face. I’m still thinking about it long after I’ve seen it. And with all the films I watch, that speaks volumes.