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Directed by Mike Slee (2000, SK Films)
Starring Kirsty Mitchell, and Paul Blair

Lovers tragically separated by medieval war seek the help of a modern woman to reunite them.




June 18th, 2002, on the OmniMAX dome  

Pretty thin, though to be fair, the original source was a song.  And the production quality more than made up for any faults. 

The acting was pretty good in both time periods, but it was a little better in the past.  The modern setting seemed to intrude on the story a bit, too.  But somehow, the pub seemed rather a natural place to meet, as did the cemetery.

I wonder how much of the legend the people of Scotland actually know.  They probably know the song, but, like these modern women, barely know anything beyond it.  I like the way it was played out, from the point of view of the singer, not the people involved.  Most of it takes place from Moira's point of view, but we get to see the situation that Allan finds himself in, as well.  After his promise that they would be reunited even after death, she waits for him, and wonders what has happened.  Of course, he was killed in battle with the English.  He writes a letter, which goes by way of his best friend, back home, to tell her that he will not meet with her, after death.  But his friend is shot on the verge of arriving home again, and so never delivers the letter.  How tragic!

On the modern front, a band is preparing to play in Loch Lomond, where the young lovers met.  Allan had observed and interacted with Moira from afar, and brilliantly found a way to cross the lake, and then help rescue her after they were found out (actually, in a funny bit, she rescues herself).

Mary, of the band, is secretly observed by Robbie, and it is implied that these two are the others, reincarnated.  Robbie tries to convince her that on mid-summer's night, a mist-gate will open between the two times, and that she is the one who will open it. 

Of course, she doesn't believe it, and races back across the beautiful country-side to play her gig.  Singing about the legend of the Loch, she realizes what she has to do.  And in an unfortunate clichéd moment, she races off stage and drags Robbie to where the gate is, so that she can bring Allan's spirit back from the past, and reunite him with Moira.

The story didn't have much to it, and though the acting was good, some of it felt forced.  Mary's friends could have used a little work, but they were just window dressing for the main story. 

The countryside was an actor itself, and loaned itself very nicely to the IMAX dome.  And there were a few effects, mostly double-exposures, that were very nicely done as Mary realizes that something strange is going on, when she is separated from her friends. 

In fact, the entire production is very high quality, in terms of the look it presents to the viewer.  The colors were sharp, the scenery beautiful, and every shot felt very "finished".  I was very impressed. Now if we can only get more fictitious or legend-type stories to the IMAX screen...


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