Keeping the audience off balance is key to any supernatural horror movie. In that sense, Drew Hall’s Convergence is pretty successful, because for its first half I had no idea what the hell was going on.
Unfortunately, shedding light on the proceedings only serves to bring the movie’s flaws into focus. It’s 1999, and Atlanta detective Ben Walls (Clayne Crawford) is fatefully called away from his wife and newborn child to investigate a bombing at a women’s clinic. After a surprise second explosion, he wakes up in a deserted hospital, and that’s only the beginning of his problems. There’s a murderous EMT named Daniel (Ethan Embry) stalking the halls, along with strange smoke-people who may or may not be figments of Ben’s possibly concussed imagination.
A diverse cast of characters assembles around Ben and Daniel (including Ben’s old boss, played by Forrest Gump‘s Mykelti Williamson), leading to a climactic showdown. Think Ghost Adventures crossed with just plain Ghost. Hall’s script takes too long to get off the ground and veers oddly even then, linking Daniel to earlier bombings in the South (nobody show this movie to Eric Rudolph’s defense attorneys).
Crawford has a nice Ray Liotta–by-way-of–Emile Hirsch thing going, but Embry is the only one who appears to be taking himself seriously, and Convergence ends up squandering too much of its setup time and rushing to a largely unsatisfying conclusion instead of actually coming together in a meaningful way.
Written and directed by Drew Hall
Dark Sky Films
Opens February 5, Cinema Village
Available on demand
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 2, 2016