TIFF review: Color Out Of Space

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COLOR OUT OF SPACE MM D: Richard Stanley. U.S. 111 min. Sep 9, 8:30 pm, Scotiabank 12; Sep 14, 5 pm, Scotiabank 12. Rating: NNN


South African filmmaker Stanley – who made his name in the early 90s with Hardware and Dust Devil – delivers his first feature in 27 years, an update of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story about a farm, and the family that lives on it, slowly overrun by an otherworldly contamination. 

It’s a bit of a slow roller, taking its time setting up the eerie atmosphere and giving leads Nicolas Cage and Joely Richardson some room to establish a loving rapport as a big-city couple who’ve retreated to the sticks after a cancer diagnosis. (Cage also gets to say the word “alpaca” until it loses all meaning. It’s a thing.) 

But once Stanley unleashes the CG-driven chaos he can’t really control it, and Color Out Of Space trades its tension for a barely coherent cosmic light show. That said, barely coherent cosmic light shows play pretty well on the Scotiabank’s IMAX screen, which is where the movie’s remaining screenings will be held.

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A life-long Torontonian, Norman became the senior film writer for NOW in early 2008. Previously he had reviewed films for Metro newspapers across Canada and covered every video format imaginable (yes, even Beta).

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