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Gaia Movie Review

A dark, grimy, trippy, and twisted horror-thriller where nature and man are both symbiotic and brutal enemies, Gaia is a riveting, immerse venture into the heart of darkness. Directed by Jaco Bouwer and powered by a groundswelling score by Pierre-Henri Wicomb, Gaia grabs you by its tentacles and pulls you close, rarely relenting. 

Also featuring great performances by Monique Rockman and Carel Nel, Gaia will easily become a sought-after cult classic for horror aficionados, though it may get a little too weird and psychedelic for more average moviegoers (myself included). 

Bouwer arguably relies on the score a little too much--but knows how to use it to mask the film’s deficiencies--and doesn’t quite figure out to use the terrifying creature design for terrifying results, but there’s a lot to like here.

This movie was reviewed as part of coverage for the 2021 SXSW Film Festival.

 

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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