Judge Gordon Sullivan has a special connection to this movie, since he's from Florida.
Revenge Can Be Deadly.
Second Coming tells the story of twins (both played by Juliet Reeves, Automaton Transfusion) who have a special connection. When one sister feels an emotion, so does the other. Now that they're grown up, one sister has moved away from their small town, while the other stayed. Now the one who moved away is having strange visions that her sister is in trouble, and she must return to her hometown to discover her sister's fate.
Although it's not obvious from the fairly ambitious plot summary, Second Coming is an ultra-low budget thriller shot on the cheap in Florida. Like the vast majority of low-budget films, it can't compete with typical Hollywood thrillers in terms of budget and star power, but here's how it stacks up in the three key areas that indie films can compete in:
All is not lost with the film, however. The acting is way above par for this level of production, and the film looks simply amazing considering its $20,000 budget. I've seen broadcast TV movies that looked less good than Second Coming. I grew up in a similar area of Florida, and the way Second Coming was shot made me homesick.
On the DVD front, there's also little to complain about. The video transfer certainly does the cinematography justice, and there are no significant compression problems to speak of. The 5.1 audio doesn't leap out like the picture, but it's a solid mix that keeps the dialogue audible. The main extra is an audio commentary with writer/director/cinematographer Jose Zambrano Cassella. His track has some interesting insights into the film's production, even if he spends a little too much time narrating what's happening. There's also some behind-the-scenes video, a photo gallery, a short film by the same director, and a tinnitus PSA to round out the disc.
Should the average psychological thriller fan watch Second Coming? Probably not, because the story doesn't pay off the excellent visuals and acting. However, anyone looking to make a low-budget film should buy this disc. Filmmakers can learn something from Cassella's bag of tricks, and independent studios should be looking to hire this guy for their next feature.
As a psychological thriller, Second Coming is guilty of being a little too shallow.
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