Hayden Christensen never really went away after Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith brought to a close the Anakin Skywalker phase of his life, but his career never took off the way many people expected. Perhaps Christensen’s new project will be the one that finally begins putting him back on the map. At the very least, it looks like an intriguing vehicle for the actor as he attempts to get out from under the long shadow of Star Wars
In Numb, at the Edge of the End, Christensen plays a veteran with PTSD who becomes convinced that the apocalypse is upon us and begins making preparations. The disaster-movie tone of the trailer seems to leave no doubt that something really bad is happening, though the exact nature of that disaster is kept obscure (there are references to storms so perhaps climate change is the culprit). Christensen is bearded and suicidal at the start of the trailer, but it seems that the impending end of the world gives him a sense of purpose that helps him get over his depression. Naturally, people around him think he’s gone off the deep end
The story synopsis sounds similar to the Michael Shannon film Take Shelter, another movie about a possibly unhinged man preparing for an impending storm, but the trailer for Numb promises something much less subtle than that movie. Harvey Keitel shows up as a bearded man who may be a prophet, and there is a gang of menacing street thugs that could be right out of A Clockwork Orange or The Warriors. The film’s director, Rodrigo H. Vila, has mostly made documentaries, many of which have focused on conspiracy theories – an interesting background for a director tackling the disaster movie genre.
It remains to be seen if Numb, at the Edge of the End will be the movie that finally helps Hayden Christensen break free from his Anakin Skywalker image. Christensen has taken on some gritty roles in recent years, in moves like Outcast, American Heist and Vanishing on 7th Street, but to many people he will always be the awkward Jedi complaining about how much he hates sand. Christensen will continue in gritty mode with another 2017 film, the action-thriller First Kill co-starring Bruce Willis.
Numb, at the Edge of the End does not yet have a release date. The film also stars Justin Kelly (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Marco Leonardi (The Space Between) and Liz Solari (Ever Been to the Moon?).
Source: VMI Worldwide