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Using a faux-documentary as a set up to tell a fictional narrative can be, let’s say problematic. That sounds like a more diplomatic term. For every successful attempt there are seemingly a abysmal dozen failures. When it works, however, the form can yield incredible results. Chris MacBride’s new thriller “The Conspiracy” looks to fall into this latter category. Without even having screened yet, the film already has a buzz surrounding it, and when you see this new trailer, you’ll know why.
The set up is that two documentary filmmakers follow around a conspiracy theorist. At first they’re simply after an interesting story, thoroughly dismissive of all of his claims. When he disappears, they start digging into his research, following his leads, only to find themselves embroiled in his world, and a sprawling, very real conspiracy. Imagine that.
Check out this lengthy synopsis for more specifics:
When two young filmmakers select a crazed conspiracy theorist as the subject of their new work, the task seems simple enough: Befriend him, gain his trust, and let his theories speak for themselves. But things prove much more complicated than that. Despite his wild street preaching, their subject proves to be an articulate and intelligent man; one prone to seeing patterns others don’t, sure, but hardly the expected lunatic. Listen long enough and his arguments even start to make a certain sort of sense. It’s enough to make you wonder if maybe, somewhere, there’s some basis to what he’s saying…
And then he simply disappears. No word. No trace. Just gone.
While one of the filmmaking duo is prepared to walk away, the other becomes obsessed. This should not be possible. People don’t just disappear. Not unless someone wants them to. What if he was correct? What if he was on the verge of exposing some greater scheme? And what if he was taken? And so begins an obsessive effort to reconstruct his work, an effort that points the duo to a hidden society, a high powered retreat and networking organization for the political and business elite.
A meticulously researched and cannily constructed bit of work, THE CONSPIRACY systematically blurs the lines between fact and fiction, deconstructing the distinction between facts and news, news and propaganda. Using one of the most persistent memes of our time – the conspiracy theory – to create a fact-based thriller, THE CONSPIRACY is more than just entertainment. It’s a sly commentary on a world in which the medium really has become the message, a world in which the most important question is not “What happened?” but “Who is telling us?”
Tension saturates this trailer, and the scope of the film, from one marginalized individual to the very top of power, should provide fertile ground for a political thriller. “The Conspiracy” is a generic title, but when you see the poster, with another word having been redacted, you see why they went with that, and how it fits.
“The Conspiracy” is scheduled for a world premiere at Fantastic Fest, and hopefully it will find its way into theaters before too long.
Via : AICN