Short Film Review: THE RECURSION THEOREM (2017)

Short Film Review: THE RECURSION THEOREM (2017)

Sep 29, 2017

If somebody had told me I’d see two new black and white genre pieces named for mathematical theories within a matter of months I would have laughed, if they’d said they would both be excellent I would laughed harder. First THE LAPLACE’S DEMON as part of Fantasia and now writer/director Ben Sledge hooks me up with a link for his twenty minute short THE RECURSION THEOREM. I wonder if this is the start of a new trend?

Dan (Dan Franko THE NIGHT WATCHMEN) wakes up in a strange room with no idea how he got there. Escape seems impossible, walking out a door just leads him back into the room. What is this place, why is he here and can he escape?

The film’s website claims it was “Inspired by The Twilight Zone, Greek Mythology and the arcade game, Asteroids!” And while it took me a bit to catch the Asteroids reference, the The Twilight Zone influence is obvious, THE RECURSION THEOREM could easily have been an episode of the original series with its basic premise and execution. It’s a nice throwback to a show that influenced so many fans and filmmakers over the years.

A mind puzzle like this can’t really be discussed without giving to much away so I’ll just mention that it’s available on a “pay what you want” basis at its website . It’s worth the two dollars they suggest, though it isn’t mandatory.