Beyond Fright Review: THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WILLIAM ZERO
There have surely been times in all of our lives (or maybe I’m just the weird one), in which we’ve looked in the mirror and didn’t like whatever reflected back. Times when we just couldn’t bring ourselves to forgive ourselves for mistakes of the past, and would rather be somebody else, or have someone else take over. Dan Bush’s film THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WILLIAM ZERO deals with not only those ideas, but also about forgiveness and coming tot erms with mistakes of the past and the effects they have on us.
After a tragic accident that leaves his son killed, William Blakely (a PHENOMONAL performance by Conal Byrne) finds himself without memory of anything, not his past, his identity or the tragedy that ruined his life. His seemingly twin brother plays old videos, shows him photos and does his best to help William find out his identity again. Enthralled by the image of his now estranged wife Jules(the always great Amy Siemetz), William attempts to piece his life back together and find and rekindle the feelings between Jules and himself.
It’s then, when WILLIAM ZERO does what very few movies are able to do as well as it does: turns you as a viewer upside down, and shakes everything you thought you knew about the film right out, giving not only one, but many twists that really puts THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WILLIAM ZERO at the forefront of sci-fi dramas of the last few years. You find yourself having to pick up your jaw quite a few times during the film, as William’s twin brother is revealed to be someone other than what we think, and William is put through the same realization.
It’s such a well crafted story, full of performances that will leave you speechless, making Bush’s film one of the most unique and endearing films in years. The layers of the story are carefully pulled back, in a way that isn’t in your face, but is still shocking in ways that will you take the time to think of your own life and mistakes that you for some reason haven’t forgiven yourself for. It asks the question of whether running from one’s faults and mistakes really fixes anything and if so, how long that will last before it begins to combust.
Having already proven himself as a solid writer/director with THE SIGNAL, Bush knocks this film out of the park with giving film fans a story that is so very easy to latch onto, and one that will stay with you long after it’s over. Very few films are written, directed and even cast with such precision that they end up as remarkable and profound as THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WILLIAM ZERO does. Byrne is absolutely on his A-game with not only one performance in the film, but multiple ones, and joining Byrne and Siemetz (THE SACRAMENT), even smaller characters played by The Walking Dead‘s Melissa McBride and YOU’RE NEXT & THE FRONTIER‘s AJ Bowen are equally as interesting.
Quite possibly one of the best sci-fi films in years, THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WILLIAM ZERO is an unforgettable journey through the defeats, the attempts to rebuild and the reality that running from past mistakes will only get you so far before you have to address them. It’s an amazingly beautiful and enthralling ride, one that warrants multiple trips.