If you had been waiting for a perfect horror-thriller to haunt your weekend, go no further than Netflix. ‘The Perfection’ is the treat for you, and you better hold on to your seats because it is going to be a rocky ride. Directed by Richard Shepard, who has also recently directed an episode of ‘The Twilight Zone’, this film stars Allison Williams in the role of a woman who comes back into the music world after a long hiatus, only to discover that another star (Logan Browning) is shining in her place now. A story of obsession with art, it reminds you of ‘Black Swan’ at times. However, it is far removed from that glory. Creepy, disturbing, gory, but entertaining, nonetheless, ‘The Perfection’ isn’t something you want to miss. If you haven’t yet seen it, watch it on Netflix before reading any further.
Summary of the Plot
Charlotte Wilmore had to give up her career in music when her mother fell ill. Years later, after being freed of the bounds, she decides to catch up with her mentors. She is invited to judge a competition in Shanghai, the winner of which will receive a full scholarship to Bachoff Academy, the same place where Charlotte had been before she had to leave it all behind. When she is introduced to Elizabeth Wells, she realises that her spot has been taken by someone else. Meanwhile, a mysterious disease has been taking hold of the people in South China. When one man in the party is believed to be sick with it, Charlotte and Lizzie wonder if they have caught it as well.
What Happened in Bachoff?
The thing that makes ‘The Perfection’ a thrilling watch is its storytelling. By shifting the story from one perspective to another, the film succeeds in keeping its secret intact and then reveals it at a critical moment to take the audience by surprise. You’ve hardly recovered from one revelation and you think, what more could be there now. And then, the film throws another surprise at you. All these twists and turns lead to a tug of war between the characters and the viewer wondering “who is the bad guy in this story?”. The division of the film into four parts- Mission, Detour, Home and Duet- allows it to keep this vagueness alive. It is only in the third section, Home, that a proper line is drawn between the villains and the victims.