mystery film

mystery film

The Mall as invisible entry to the Netherworld(Odd Thomas, Stephen Sommers 2013)

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In this odd little mystery film, the smalltown Moon Mall, a mall like any other across America, Romania, Turkey or the world at large. I was really intersted in how Mall are depicted as places of invisible but real dangers recently. The other example is from the movie Mall: A Day to Kill (2014) directed by Joe Hahn. Both feature disruptions at the center of contemporary life as happening inside the Mall. Here, there is an incredible premonitory scene where the PSI hero Odd Thomas starts seeing an invisible world populated by swarming beings who feed on evil. He is the only one able to see them. The violence is very real and involves but involves a satanist cult amok gunmen conspiracy running across the local police and its accomplices. I am not interested in the conspiracy and post Sept 11 paranoia, as in the incredible concentration of evil powers inside the placid environment of the Mall. The Mall is here the Netherworld - a world invisible to most of the consumers who go on their daily routine. This mall is swarming with other-wordly creatures (mind you not zombies, nor bats) but ectoplasmic entities that no one should see or interfere with. The flow of creatures is sliding seamlessly along the moving staircases and among the "Special Sale" signs. They flow unseen and unnoticed towards spots of explosive violence, as if the psychic and emotional magnetism is directing and pushing them ahead. In the end the mall is a perfect trap for its customers.