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In “The Immaculate Room,” a couple is challenged with being together in a room for 50 days with no distractions, and it unfortunately is as boring as it sounds – but it didn’t have to be.
|Director(s)||Mukunda Michael Dewil|
|Screenplay By||Mukunda Michael Dewi|
|Date Released (Video On Demand)||8/19/2022|
|Duration||1 Hour 34 Minutes|
|Content Rating||Not Rated|
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Mikey, a rich kid who has squandered a lifetime’s worth of opportunities, and Kate, who had each opportunity for normalcy snatched from her, are a couple looking to win $5 million. How? They simply have to stay in a room, with only a bed, bathroom, and smoothies for food, for 50 days. The challenge is, when not distracted by the outside world and forced to deal with the cracks in their relationship and their psyche, is 50 days doable?
Things To Note
- Reason(s) for Film Rating: Cursing (A handful of times), Violence (Blood and a minor scuffle), Sexual Content (Nudity), Miscellaneous (N/A)
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- So is the professor who arranged all of this a psycho or just enjoys the research
Please Note: This character guide is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, and character descriptions may contain what can be considered spoilers.
Known for his chronic boredom, which even led to him leaving three colleges, Mikey is the kind of artist with talent, but his drive is questionable.
With being raised by an alcoholic who lost everything, Kate hasn’t had an easy life, and while Mikey provides a certain amount of luxury and access, at best, he provides a distraction, not a fix.
An actress hired for a gig, Simone is meant to be a “treat,” but she ultimately ends up part of Professor Voyan’s test on Mikey and Kate’s relationship.
A character we don’t meet in “The Immaculate Room” but is the creator of the room Mikey and Kate are in and is known for grand social experiments.
Our Rating: Mixed (Divisive)
The Experiment and Background Were Interesting
From what we’re told by Mikey, the man who is orchestrating this all, “Professor Voyan,” has done a grand experiment like this before. We’re told he is a man with a lot of money who seems to like seeing humanity unravel thanks to grand opportunities. For example, his last experiment had him spending over $150 million on one family, which utterly changed their lives – for the worst.
Now, sadly, we don’t meet the man or hear his intentions – Mikey just gives us his take on the man. But, the setup for what you would expect to come definitely will get you excited to watch Mikey and Kate potentially fall apart.
On The Fence
It Goes Where Expected, But Not As Far As It Needed
A couple stuck in a room is expected to talk about their relationship and their individual issues. However, one of the issues of “The Immaculate Room” is that it doesn’t go as deep into the wound as you expect. What we get more so is a list than an exploration.
Mind you, this isn’t to say there isn’t any effort to give this depth. We get a flashback focused on what haunts Mikey and a lot of scenes of Kate crying or depressed because of her trauma. But it all feels very conventional for a film featuring two actors playing off one another for more than an hour. You’d think we’d get grand performances since there are no bells and whistles, just the chemistry, or lack thereof, between two performers. But instead, there is just an acknowledgement that these two have gone through something, and that’s it.
This makes it so that when Simone shows up, stark naked, it seems like a cheap means to get back your attention rather than explore Kate’s insecurities. Never mind having a third party push Mikey and Kate to take this experience to begin the healing process rather than ignore and bury the pain.