Have you ever just clicked with someone? Ever felt they just got you, like they were inside your head? But what if that link had a sinister side? What if their knowing you was involuntary? Gregory Read‘s Like Minds (2006) is the tale of one such relationship; a complicated adversarial tussle between two boys bound by history, mythology and blood. But it is not your ordinary thriller.
Alex Forbes (Eddie Redmayne) is a cocky private school boy living with the mantle of his lineage. With more than charm behind his smile, he plays being son-of-the-principal to his favour where he can, but when he is forced to share his room with a beautiful and strange boy, Nigel Colby (Tom Sturridge), Alex finds himself being slowly suffocated by a string of deaths. But when these occurrences culminate in Nigel’s death, Alex is taken into custody.
Lacking hard evidence and under pressure from Alex’s father, Senior Detective Martin Mckenzie (Richard Roxburgh) enlists the expertise of forensic psychologist Sally Rowe (Toni Collette) to dig up foundation to the charges. Her investigations force her into an awkward and testing psychological dialogue with Alex that continues to delve deeper into mystery and murder. But even as information comes to light, the relationships between the characters prove to be as tightly woven as the rich mythology that under pins the story.
Doused in history, religion and suspense, Like Minds is disturbingly sophisticated, visually beautiful and completely captivating. The acting of Eddie Redmayne is chillingly brilliant, but by far Tom Sturridge’s is the most impressive, being haunting and calculated with a cold, unemotional stare that will sink deep into you.
Nigel Bluck’s cinematography is beautiful, with a saturated and dark aesthetic that is as melancholic as the soundtrack. Both add so much to the depth of Like Minds.
Like Minds is a complicated contemporary thriller with a jarring twist; hauntingly beautiful and sharp as a knife. And it certainly will cut deep.
► Like Minds (2006) – Director/writer Gregory J. Read; Actors Eddie Redmayne, Tom Sturridge, Toni Collette, Richard Roxburgh, Kate Maberly; Production companies Australian Film Finance Corporation, Lumina Films, Bluewater Pictures, Gunpowder Films, Tempo Productions Limited; UPDATE: Distributor Becker Group (Australia – theatrical), UPDATE: Magna Pacific (Australia – DVD); Director of photography Nigel Bluck; Producers Robert Bevan, Toni Collette, Hugo Heppell, Cyril Megret, Damita Nikapota (executive producers), Sara Giles (associate producer), Richard Johns (co-producer), Carol Hughes, Jonathan Shteinman, Piers Tempest (producer); Released 9 November 2006 (Australia – theatrical); Rating M; Language English; Run time 110 mins.