Aimy in a Cage Review
What does the term normal mean to you? In January 2016, a girl named Aimy was different from the rest of her family, but if things go right, she won't be for long.
Directing this 79 minute drama/fantasy/sci-fi is Hooroo Jackson.
Some of the cast is: Allisyn Ashley Arm as Aimy Micry, Michael William Hunter as Steve, Terry Moore as Grandma Micry, Sara Murphy as Kelly Moss, Charles Everett Tacker as Kenneth, Theodore Bouloukos as Gruzzlebird Micry, Crispin Glover as Claude Bohringer, Paz de la Huerta as Caroline, Gabby Tary as Grandma Moss and Frank Mosley as News Anchor.
Aimy is different from the rest of her family. So different that the family takes drastic measures in hopes to "fix" what's wrong with her. As if things couldn't be stressful enough for everybody, there's also a virus spreading thought the world that has everyone glued to the television wondering if it can be stopped.
Come to find out, this movie was originally a graphic novel called The Tragic Death of Aimy Micry (2011), which was written by Hooroo Jackson. Now, I had never heard of this one before, it was in a grab bag of screeners that I got the chance to catch thanks to Greenie. So, I didn't know what I was in for with this one, and afterwards, all I can say about the experience is... mind... blown...
The story that Hooroo Jackson came up with is a truly bizarre, visually filled tale that can only be describe as what you would witness if you were invited to tea with the Mad Hatter and his friends. It's a constant incoherent rabble that draws you in, and before you know it, starts to make sense. Before you know it, thoughts like up is down and left is up, make perfect sense in the film. However, while digging through the crazy, there's... actually a solid story underneath it all.
Basically, the film questions what is "normal" and who has the right to say what is normal. Is it wrong to dance on the table just because the majority thinks it's weird? Is conforming a necessity or is being different just an awkward reminder to those that don't have the courage to walk against the grain? The film asks its audience a relevant and deep question, but in such a bizarre and brilliant way that you can't help but watch. The only thing that didn't really fit in the story to me was the whole virus thing that's going on in the background. Yeah, it does break up the story a bit and give everyone something else to focus on. So, maybe that was the virus's sole purpose?
Even though the film kept my attention the entire time, the play-through is a little rough sometimes because, not only is there constantly something visually going on, but Hooroo also makes sure to keep your attention with constant moments that attack your audio as well with lots of character outbursts and and verbal fights.
The music that Sasha Smith comes up with truly fits the movie and adds yet another level of bizarre to it, then throw in the additional music composer work done by Nick Cunningham & Neil Struble and you have a soundtrack that stands out and catches your attention... like it or not.
The cast did a great job. Surprisingly, the newer faces hold their own with no problem, even when up against some of the more veteran talent the film has. Everyone brings their character to life with a larger than life presence that fits perfectly into the world created by Hooroo.
The sets are an explosive mix of color and nostalgia, thanks to Chloe Barcelou. Barcelou, who also did the costume design, made all the characters stand out and be a focus spot, even when they weren't active in the scene.
Overall, I don't know if I ever would have caught this one on my own, but I'm (kind of) glad I did. Not only was it thought provoking, I got to sit in on one crazy tea party. Now, this definitely won't be a film that everyone will dig on, but if you like the bizarre and artsy, then give it a go.
It's rated NR (not rated) but has language.