Movie Review: Wavelength

Wavelength (1967 film)

Wavelength (1967 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Does this even count as a movie? It’s forty minutes of a camera zooming into a picture of an ocean while some tones increase in frequency. Oh, and someone dies. Spoiler alert. I’m the guy who usually digs the experimental and avant-garde stuff, but not this time. I never intended to see it but since it was one of the 1001 and a relatively short run time, I figured I could squeeze it in and mark it off my list. Nope. This left me frustrated as to how this is a must-see movie.

Apparently, it’s Art with a capital A. This minimalist structured film is more about what happens in a room, even if nothing (all-too frequently) happens. I could take security footage from a fixed position and randomly put color filters in the sequence just to spice things up and put people off-guard. But I didn’t.

The soundtrack, if you can call it that, is just some tones increasing in frequency. The consistent noise is uncomfortably numbing as it rings in your ears as the piece ever so slowly inches forward. The only thing more minimal that comes to mind is if there were no soundtrack, just the sounds of silence.

The creator did release an abridged version that’s only fifteen minutes. I haven’t seen that yet but after this, I’m not so sure I want to. If you’re doing the 1001 Movie quest like I am, this is a one-and-done deal.

2/10

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