Monday, 15 February 2016

Nina Forever Review by Paul Downey

The Blaine brothers’ ‘Nina Forever’ has been billed as a messed up fairytale, but there is a lot more to this tale than meets the eye.

Our main protagonist is Rob, a grieving boyfriend who’s girlfriend Nina is killed in a car accident.

At work he is billed as an lonely outsider, until he catches the eye of Holly. She instantly takes a like to him, and sets out to make him mine.

Little does she know that when they have sex for the first time, they get an unexpected visitor. With some whispers of Hellraiser, given Nina’s resurrection, it is at times quite bleak but with plenty of dark humour there is a healthy balance.

We deal with the subject of bereavement from Rob’s point of view, as well as Holly and even Nina’s family as they all deal with her death in different ways.

Rob is a very sympathetic character, who does make mistakes but all with the end goal of moving on with his life. Holly on the other hand seems to be on a self-destruct mission and is determined to take Rob along for the ride.

Fiona O’Shaughnessy’s Nina is at times funny but sometimes downright cruel, especially in her mocking of Holly.

All of our three main characters are complex, which certainly lifts ‘Nina Forever’ to a higher level than your standard horror.

It is also beautifully shot, with some rapid cuts filling in the relevant back story, ‘Nina Forever’ moves along at a fast pace, which keeps the story evolving and interesting.

There also doesn’t seem to much filler, as every scene feels relevant to allow the story to grow, so when the credits roll it feels like a complete story; albeit a very twisted one.

By Paul Downey