30th Jul2021

‘Nebulous Dark’ VOD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Shahin Sean Solimon, Ginger Christie, Kent Hatch, Lili Fox-Lim, Kevin Lukata, Jim Marshall, Minerva Mendez, Gigi Silva, Alexa Zachary | Written and Directed by Shahin Sean Solimon

Apparently loosely inspired by classic TV shows such as The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, Shahin Sean Solimon’s latest magnum opus is Nebulous Dark; a sci-fi action thriller that tells the story of a man waking up from a deep sleep to discover that he is the last man on earth and there are new “tenants”.

Written, directed, and starring Shahin Sean Solimon, whose film Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage we reviewed a few years ago, Nebulous Dark is – frankly – a mess. Little more than a series of interconnected scenes that collectively make no sense (so much so that I’m glad the official synopsis, and the in-film exposition robot, explains what’s going on) and seems to have been filmed by Solimon with a threadbare cast, crew and sets; so much so the sparse nature of the production seems to have been covered up by excessive use of visual effects, fog, lighting and various other visual trickery.

So extensive are the visual effects that it probably took the 4 years since the film was original announced as Alpha: The Awakening to complete them. Either that or Solimon’s Sinbad movie somehow did well enough for a distributor to contemplate releasing this… Or maybe Solimon figured out how the submission system works for Amazon Prime streaming and released it himself? Who knows! And who knows what the hell is going on here too?!

Seriously, despite my damnedest efforts I couldn’t comprehend what the hell was going on half the time with Nebulous Dark. The plot made little to no sense, the script – what there is of it – was just as confusing; leaving only the visuals to enjoy (if you can enjoy the CGI heavy FX). At one point Solimon’s character says “My mind is scrambled, all I see is images of death and destruction” and that’s exactly what it feels like watching Nebulous Dark – a scrambled series of scenes and images of gunfights, zombie battles, aliens, robots and random post-apocalyptic survivors… The film even switches to black and white at times for absolutely no reason other than probably because The Twilight Zone was in black and white.

I honestly have no idea who this film is aimed at. Maybe you need to be stoned or drunk to enjoy this one and just trip out to the visuals? No one in their right mind would sit through this sober!

Nebulous Dark is available to watch new on Amazon Prime Video.


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