Double Blind (2018) Review
As Double Blind opens, Gareth Smith (Phillip Daniel, B4, NSFW) is being introduced to his girlfriend’s parents. Her father is talking about the research he does and things seem to be going well. Until Gareth kills them all, including her little brother.
This is just the latest of a series of murders. All of the scientists working on a revolutionary new cancer treatment. Jessica Tucker (Jennifer Jarrett, Babes with Blades: Flower of Sarnia) and John Smith (Christopher Showerman, Vitals, Astro) are agents of the A.I.A. who have been contracted by the C.I.A. and tasked with protecting the surviving members of the team. Which by this point is senior researcher Hannah Wright (Katharine Phillips Moser, Yard Sale). But before they can stop the assassin, they’ll have to figure out who he is, and who hired him.
Director Thomas D. Moser (Lost Mission) and co-writer Rana Rines have delivered a low-budget thriller set in the world of big pharma. And despite that low budget, they get it off to an eventful start with multiple killings, fights and a bombing with surprisingly good CGI. That may be because Moser’s usual role is in the special effects department where he’s worked on over eighty films including Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek and Becky. He also worked on Verotika, but we’ll let that slide.
In a somewhat unusual move, Moser chose to film Double Blind in black and white. With the various twists and turns, Double Blind takes it gives the film a bit of a noir feel. It’s certainly not full-blown film noir, and even calling it neo-noir would be pushing it, but there’s enough of it to help set the film apart from similar thrillers.
Unfortunately, things start to bog down a bit in the middle of the film. There’s way too much family drama between Jessica and her father Frank (Chas Mitchell, Dead in the Head), a retired operative who never had time for his family. There are also issues regarding Hannah and her use of her young daughter Casey (Madeline Moser) as a guinea pig.
Double Blind mostly avoids any kind of commentary on high-stakes research, drug prices or the ethics of the pharmaceutical industry in general until the last few minutes. Given the film’s tagline, “Not every conspiracy is a theory” I expected it to go there sooner and have it be more central to the plot. Instead, it briefly touches on it before cranking the action back up for the final showdown and then circling back around to it.
Despite that, Double Blind isn’t a message movie. It’s a thriller, and a surprisingly enjoyable one, with a good bit more action than a lot of low-budget films. There’s also a good deal of suspense along the way, we’re not sure how it will play out, and the bad guys have shown they have no issues with killing kids.
Double Blind does have a Facebook page, but that hasn’t been updated since 2018 though. You’ll have to just take my word for it, Double Blind is a big pharma-based industrial espionage thriller where the only thing that’s black and white is the cinematography.