“Disintegration” (2007), by Roger MacLeod and James Wright, is a bizarre little horror film about the angels in the Bible, the Nephilim who allegedly tried to corrupt the world before Noah (2014), as in the Book of Enoch, according to the prologue.
Justin Ridgeway makes the graduate student protagonist (Charles Wilcox III) appealing enough at first. He is supposed to be a “professional student” gradually disowned from his Georgia family for not carrying his weight in the world. Sounds familiar?
The plot indeed seems manufactured. Both grandpa and dad have conveniently died, apparently by suicide, when cutting him off. Charles even tried to shoot himself and wound up with nothing more than tinnitus in his right ear. The DVD seems low volume is places, as if to simulate the deafness.
There is a religion professor Dr, Nelson (James Wright) who expects Charles to track down the truth about the Nephilim, which is that they’re back, and Charles is “one of them”. And the Scholars Foundation seems determined both to protect the Nephilim and carry out their mission.
I think that the idea that an “angel” or an ET could walk among us and know even know that he is alien (like Sean Walker, Jason Ritter’s hero character in “The Event’) is fascinating (Clark Kent gets told he is an alien in the first episode of “Smallville” by adoptive dad.) Such a character needs to remain a good person, not go down the path of James Holmes.
The Nephilim can be female, and can be black. There is plenty of casting diversity in this one.
The bare-bones Netflix DVD from York has no individual scenes. And the picture is reduced in size for no apparent reason.
(Posted: Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 11 PM EDT)