Fantastic Fest

FF2014 – ‘The Incident’ – movie review

**Warning this review may contain spoilers**

THE INCIDENT is very special. The title will remind Lost fans of the fifth season of the show, and that may draw more people in. It intrigued me just for that reason, even though I knew it had nothing to do with Lost. But I was wrong. This is essentially the most cinematic and impressive Lost fan film ever made, and it’s all the more fantastic because its plot has almost nothing in common with the show. It’s extremely unique and stands on its own, and casual Lost fans wouldn’t even make the connection. But every big Lost fan in the world, every Twilight Zone fan, every Kafka fan or fan of surrealism and mystery, needs to see this movie as soon as possible. Tributes and homages don’t get better than this, especially since the movie is also its own exciting, incredibly well produced and directed thrill.THE INCIDENT is about a couple of criminals who get tracked down by a detective and, after the detective shoots one of them in a stairwell, there is a loud crashing sound from outside which causes…a strange incident to occur. That’s all you need to know. The stakes get higher and the ideas get more fascinating and the pacing speeds up until the film reaches an epic conclusion that would have been a great series finale for Lost.

The first major way the movie pays tribute to the show is in its fully orchestrated original score. It’s incredibly similar to Giacchino’s Lost score in a very, very good way, and the reason this movie is so much fun is that it’s the first thing I’ve seen, since the sad day in 2010 when Lost ended, that captures the feeling of watching a masterful episode like The Constant or a season finale slowly unfold. The music has all of the classic and tense motifs from the show, and recreates all of those exciting moments of not knowing what the hell is going on. If you’ve seen The Incident or are a curious Lost fan, I’m going to list all of the Lost references that I noted down. For everyone else: The producers are looking for and definitely deserve distribution in the US. A great way to help this mystery drama is to “Like” the movie’s Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/ElIncidenteLaPeliculaand to follow their Twitter ( @el_incidente_ ) as well as the director’s personal Twitter ( @IsaacEzban ), where he’ll also be talking about his creepy, Twilight Zone inspired next film, with the working title of The Similars. You should also tweet about the movie to Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, the creators of Lost. This movie is the best possible tribute to the show.

The Lost References:
Besides the incredible Giacchino-inspired music that elevates the cool mysterious plot to epic levels,
the first obvious reference is the title. “The Incident” was the name of the two-part fifth season finale, in which the castaways, decades in the past, dropped a nuclear bomb on a pocket of energy in an attempt to reset their histories and live in a new universe where they had never crashed on the island.

The first reference in the actual movie is on the license plate of a family’s car about 30 minutes in that says “OCA 815”, obviously referring to Oceanic Flight 815. The family ends up being “castaways” in a different kind of way.

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Their car stops next to a billboard for a vacation spot nearby called La Cabaña De Jacobo. Spanish-speaking Lost fans will get right away that this means Jacob’s Cabin. Jacob, the leader of The Others on Lost, was rumored to live in a mystical cabin that doesn’t allow evil to enter.

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On the billboard, the words “Penelope Te Amo” are scrawled in black paint, which references Penny and Desmond. Desmond is the most referenced character in the movie. In a giddy Lost-superfan conversation, I asked Ezban about how much Desmond influenced the movie, and he showed me that he and his wife’s wedding rings have the words “You are my constant” inscribed on the inside.

One of the characters in the movie, Daniel, looks very similar to Desmond. In his plot line, Daniel’s father walks off to try to find help, only to emerge hours later from the other side of the road, a plot point very similar to Desmond’s attempted escape from the island in the second season.

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The gas station that the family stops at is called The Pearl, which is the name of the fifth Dharma Initiative station. In the gas station, Daniel finds a jumpsuit (the same design as the Dharma suits) with the name Hugo on it, referring to Hurley.

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Toward the end of the film, the old man Carlos says, “maybe I’m already dead,” which was also a running suspicion both audiences and various characters had during Lost’s run.

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Two characters are stuck in a stairwell with a Philip K. Dick book, a scenario that would regularly happen in the Lost universe.

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The most obscure one of all, that maybe wouldn’t even be caught after multiple viewings: There is a scene where a character is reading a book on becoming a policeman, and it’s written by “James F. Sawyer,” as in James Ford, the character who goes by the name of Sawyer during the show, and who also was head of security when he worked for Dharma in the 70’s.

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My theory, that director Ezban doesn’t officially dismiss, is that the events of the film are all occurring either on the island or are completely controlled by the Dharma Initiative. If you’re a Lost fan and you saw The Incident, tweet your theories about the film to @el_incidente_. If you caught anything else that you believe may tie into the show, let us know!

4.5 / 5

THE INCIDENT (EL INCIDENTE) is directed by Isaac Ezban and stars  Raúl Méndez, Nailea Norvind, Hernán Mendoza, Humberto Busto, Fernando Álvarez, Gabriel Santoyo, Paulina Montemayor, Héctor Mendoza, Leonel Tinajero, Marcos Moreno, Luciana Villegas, Adrián Ladrón de Guevara, Leticia González and Magda Brugengheim. 

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