Frequencies (original title: OXV: The Manual); 125 minutes; Australian; 2013; Writer/Director, Darren Paul Fisher, Daniel B. Fraser as Zak; Eleanor Wyld as Marie; science fiction, alternate world, romance.
This film reminded me a little bit of Primer and of Vantage Point. In an alternate world there exists the science of frequency. Over the centuries, the powers that be have discovered that one’s destiny --luck, love, prosperity, and general happiness-- are all linked to certain frequencies. Zak (Daniel B. Fraser ) who has a low frequency falls in love with the high-frequency Marie (Eleanor Wyld.) The basic truth of this world is that “Knowledge is destiny.” Zak’s school tests forecast a meh destiny but he will have emotion and the ability to love. Marie, with her extreme high frequency and higher intelligence, is not connected to her emotions because extreme intelligence pushes emotions out of the equation. Unfortunately, through a series of events which began in childhood, Zak has fallen in love with Marie. The powers that be are not exactly against romances between people from different frequencies. But there are cultural prejudices, the fabric of the world reacts badly when such extreme frequencies meet, and Marie is just utterly incapable of falling in love.
But Zak --determined lovelorn low achiever that he is supposed to be-- is determined to bring their frequencies together and ends up doing a lot --a lot, a lot, a lot-- of research. After many years he manages to get their frequencies attuned so that Marie can experience love. (By the use of meds, of course.) But really, has he? This is when the twists and the questions of freedom, false freedom, masterminds, and who is controlling who or what pops up.
Ever liked a film until the big secret is revealed? Yes, that was me. I thought the answer to this world’s frequency problem was a bit meh. And the plot thread about the “prime mover’s” POV came too late for me. I understand why the screenwriter saved the reveal for the end but I think the film would’ve been better if the audience had seen that timeline earlier.