Don Cutrupi, who writes and directs Residents of Arcadia, manages to take suspense to a new level. Several movies have tackled social media and influence previously. But this is more of a science fiction-esque style of tackling the issue and certainly creates a new tense atmosphere. It has a lot more to typically say than your standard movie that shows social media and influence as the center of all evil.
The film focuses on two sets of couples, first consisting of Steve and Anika played by Michael Perry and Kamantha Naidoo. And about fifteen twenty minutes later, we are introduced to Mira and Remo played by Ishaval Gill and Nick Preston. This is where the science fiction aspects come into full swing, but there are some spoilers here. So to avoid spoiling the entire movie I won’t divulge the rest of the plot. It is safe to say not everything is as it appears, and there are a lot of twists and turns. The film focuses on Mira and Remo and their take and understanding on the social climate they’ve found themselves thrown into. They also need to survive their new circumstances.
While there is plenty of suspense and thrills throughout Residents of Arcadia, it is paired excellently with the performances by Ishaval Gill and Nick Preston. The casting here is so perfect. That aspect of the film somehow helps separate the issues of social media. And it shines a light on the influence it has plagued the world with today. As well, Dom Cutrupi creates a world of intrigue. He truly asks the audience to step back and take a long at what they’re consuming and the lives they’re living. Residents of Arcadia will keep you at the edge of your seat as you watch the chaos unfold.