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Written by Richard Taylor   
Wednesday, 12 October 2016


Directed by: Rémy M. Larochelle
Written by: Rémy M. Larochelle, Mélissa Hébert
Produced by: Philippe Chabot
Cinematography by: Samuel Cloutier, Mélissa Hébert
Editing by: Rémy M. Larochelle
Special Effects by: Rémy M. Larochelle
Music: Southern Lord
Cast: Stephane Bilodeau, Julie-Anne Cote, Phillippe Chabot
Year: 2003
Country: Canada
Language: French
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 10min

Studio: Avant-Gore, Ofilms
Distributor: Unearthed Films

Throwing it way back to 2003 when Mécanix was originally made, and now getting picked up by indie movie monster Unearthed Films for a 2016 release. Being from Canada, I'm naturally psyched to discover some creative indie filmmaking I have never heard of or seen, and Mécanix is one big eye opener of a film. It’s the kind of movie which people will have to watch a couple of times to develop their own take on the events portrayed. I've watched it three times prior to writing this review, and to be honest, my thoughts on it were different as to the synopsis and other explanations I've read online from other reviewers.

Mécanix is not so much an appealing movie. It’s not a fun watch, a let’s grab a case of suds and pack a bowl and have a laugh type film. It took me some time to get into it and figure out the gist of it (or maybe I'm just dumb). The visuals are astounding and haunting and from what I understand are done via stop motion animation which in 2016 is practically unheard of, especially in smaller indie productions. Computers are cheaper and faster but don't always give the desired look. I watch a lot of stuff and I can tell what has been done by CGI and it brings a definite fake look to it.

Not to say all CGI is bad. Using scale models is very cool but you can also see the flaws in this technique used in older films, such as structure and building compositions, but work such as John Carpenter's Escape From New York, those shots of the Brooklyn bridge and water outside of Manhattan have a style and look that no computer generated image will ever be able to recreate with the same look. This is the same case with Mécanix; no computer would ever give it the authentic look and feel it achieves with the rugged and rustic movements of the various monsters and creatures within.

My synopsis on Mécanix was about a man whose existence in “The Land of Dreams” is controlled by finding a sacred embryo which he is also part of. The movie may seem confusing with all the monsters and creatures scattering about, and the movie’s cutting from humans used in scenes to stop motion creatures but I thought this was due to the fantasy Land of Dreams where the movie takes place. I then read Mécanix is a post-apocalyptic movie where these creatures we see have taken over the world and enslaved the humans. The creature’s one goal is to use the humans to find this precious embryo but the humans must find it before the monsters do, to free themselves from the tyranny of the beasts which have enslaved them.

So Mécanix is not your average evening’s entertainment but it packs a wallop in the creative experimental indie film genre. I can see it obtaining a definite cult status in time. It melds some great ideas, nightmarish visuals and minimal dialogue to weave a mindfuck of a story which achieves maximum effectiveness. In other words, I can dig it. Hailing from Quebec Canada, director Rémy M. Larochelle has fulfilled his vision. Now watch his beautiful nightmarish art unfold. Thanks to the always awesome Stephen Biro and Unearthed Films for letting me check out this unique film.





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