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ENCOUNTER 2

Co-writer/director Michael Pearce tries to approach a story about developing insanity in a slightly unusual way for “Encounter,” which initially positions itself as a sci-fi tale of a potential alien invasion before exposing its true intent with a decidedly more earthbound crisis. Pearce maintains a steady level of dread in the feature, which deals with a road trip that brings an unhinged father and his two sons to an unknown destination, gradually exploring how the parent’s fragile mind is betraying his natural instincts, making things worse for everyone during his pursuit of protection. “Encounter” carries a degree of mystery, but Pearce ultimately wants to focus on feelings as already complicated relationships are pushed to the edge during a mental health crisis. Read the rest at Blu-ray.com

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