December 5, 2020 – There are parts of this film where the action in many scenes is so slow that you can speed up the video playback to twice normal speed, and it still looks slow, even then.
“She Dies Tomorrow” is the story of Amy (played by Kate Lyn Sheil of “You're Next”) who is convinced that she will die tomorrow, despite not having a reason for that belief. This feeling of dread, of impending death, is like a virus in this movie. Amy's friend, Jane (played by Jane Adams of “Poltergeist”) begins to believe that she too will die tomorrow, right after hearing Amy say it.
Jane goes to a party, distraught, still in her pajamas, and tells everyone that she is going to die tomorrow, and all the people at the party begin to believe that they are going to die tomorrow as well. So, in the end, you have a lot of people all moping around, very slowly, thinking this is their last day of life.
Some flashing colored lights and other visual effects are used to underscore the moment each person realizes they will die tomorrow. Each person seems to have a prophetic vision of their oncoming death.
Watching all this, I assumed that there would be some kind of catastrophe, like a meteor, or bomb, or mass shooting that would fulfill these prophesies. While there are some deaths, and at least one person bleeding out at death's door (being ignored by two nearby young people) there is no such resolution, no revelation, no concluding event for everyone.
The result is a very slow-moving, low-energy movie. It has some power, an ability to achieve an emotion of dread and feelings of doom. While this movie was filmed just prior to the Covid-19 Pandemic, it certainly seems relevant to the times we live in now, where death is is right next door.
Nonetheless, I did not feel this movie is entertaining or enlightening. It is true that we are all dying, but this movie has precious little to say about that fact. If any of the characters achieve peace or enlightenment from their impending death, they don't show it. Instead, they just stumble and mumble along in a state of resigned ennui on their last day of life, pretty much like they would act if they were tidying up a few things before leaving on a long trip.
The low energy, slow speed of the movie is exacerbated by the faint, mumbling dialog. This is a movie where I really needed subtitles. In one scene, Amy is talking to someone on the phone, who can't hear what she is saying because she is talking at a whisper level and is not holding the phone up to her mouth. I felt like the neglected person on the other end of that phone call. If you are going to talk, speak up, don't just mumble. This film rates a C.
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