A man comes to grips with reality in this psychological thriller written by and starring Dana Abraham.
Clay is the founder of a health care tech company but the pressures of running a company has gotten to him pretty bad. When he learns that during an interview that word has gotten out about Clay possibly being ousted from the board, he is shocked. After a brief confrontation with the journalist, he sees his therapist, who suggests that he takes a break and reconnect with his past if he has any chance of a future.
Deciding to go off the grid, Clay invites his estranged family, consisting of his two brothers, sister-in-law, and niece to his place. Things are both good and bad between Clay and his siblings. However, things get really strange when people start disappearing one by one. Clay begins to slowly descend into madness. Could he be responsible for the disappearances or is someone else on the property causing the chaos and forcing Clay to go deeper into a downward spiral?
What would you do to keep your family intact? Could one go as far as killing them? This haunting thriller written and starring Dana Abraham is quite a character study but instead of focusing solely on one, it focuses on a family and their tumultuous relationship with each other while showcasing some beautiful visuals in the titular neon lights. There are some kindhearted moments when it comes to one certain character, but there are more sinister moments in the film that will keep you wanting to watch.
Abraham is excellent as the unhinged Clay, who is pressured with both his estranged family and running the tech company he founded. The always phenomenal Kim Coates plays Denver, Clay’s adopted father who looks out for him but does so with sort of an iron grip. In some ways, he feels like he needs to be Clay’s inner conscience as in pivotal moments, he gets to him. Stephen Tracey’s James is the stereotypical younger brother who is always looking out for a quick buck and what better way than Clay.
If there is a great character aside from Clay, it’s older brother Benny, played by Rene Escobar Jr. He is somewhat similar to Clay as he has his own pressures, which has slowly evolved into being estranged from wife Clarissa and daughter Blair. A very lighthearted scene involves a conversation between Clay and Blair, played well by Erika Swayze, as they share a love of books. Ironically, when Benny attempts to talk to Blair after, Blair is convinced that Benny wouldn’t be interested in what she enjoys. This is a welcome break from the more sinister story that takes over the film.
Neon Lights is quite an interesting film that will leave you guessing, thanks to the performances of Dana Abraham, Kim Coates, and Rene Escoebar Jr. notably. The final moments will leave you shocked.
WFG RATING: B+
Momentum Pictures presents a Red Hill Entertainment/Twin Fins production. Director: Rouzbeh Heydari. Producers: Dana Abraham and Kim Coates. Writer: Dana Abraham. Cinematography: Dmitry Lopatin. Editing: Rouzbeh Heydari and Shane R. Preston.
Cast: Dana Abraham, Kim Coates, Rene Escobar Jr., Stephen Tracey, Brit McRae, Erika Swayze, Lauren Howe, Brenna Coates.
The film will be released On Demand, and Digital on July 12 from Momentum Pictures.