11 Nov

In your dreams, beautiful people kick ass. Ink.

Posted by Bryan White | Wednesday November 11, 2009 | Reviews

ink movie reviewOriginal movies, I mean the sort of movie you’ve never seen before, are really hard to come by. All the good ideas have been mined by now. Everything is derivative of everything else and when you maintain a healthy review pile for a blog specializing in exploitation, you forget how delicious a true original is because all you watch are movies that ape the tropes of other, more popular movies. So put yourself in my shoes and try to imagine that rush of elation that comes with the rarest of finds. I can’t quite explain it but it’s a moving experience. For a fan of film in general, it’s almost like religious ecstasy. I don’t use this sort of praise lightly, either. I’m talking about those most elusive of birds here.

A film of this type doesn’t have to be perfect, either, mind you. It can be a flawed picture as long as it presents me with something I have never considered before. With the cost of filmmaking dropping, thanks to computers and their increasing availability, you’re starting to see more and more of these interesting new indies cropping up left and right. It doesn’t diminish the thrill, either. Considering the declining cost of filmmaking, you’re starting to see more and more genre movies that studios wouldn’t touch in a million years and for all the wrong reasons. Fillms like Sleep Dealer and Paranormal Activity are products of this new indie wave that is building momentum slowly. This is no indie boom like the mid-90’s when Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino burst on to the scene and took Hollywood by storm with their entirely commando approach to making movies. The new wave is moving slowly and keeping its head down and because of their carefully controlled pace, many of them are sneaking right by you. I can’t let this happen with Ink. You need to see it.

What you don’t know about the night time world: When you go to sleep one of two things may happen. Beautiful, exotic and vaguely steampunky people emerge from the dream world and give you pleasant dreams. The other possibility is that horrific men in black suits, faces obscured by plates of glass that distort their features come to you and give you nightmares. These are the Storytellers and the Incubi, two races of people who inhabit the dream world, that exists parallel to our own. There are other people, too, and I’ll get to that, but for right now you need to know that Emma is taken prisoner in the night by the demon, Ink, who wants to offer her as a sacrifice to the Incubi, in order to become one of them. For the moment, he is a drifter, a tortured, distored being in the afterlife who has no affiliation with either side. Persuing him is Allel, Emma’s Storyteller guardian, Jacob a blind pathfinder who sees by listening to the natural beat of the world and can influence and interrupt it to meet his needs as well, and Liev, a supremely powerful Storyteller who falls in as Ink’s prisoner. It’s up to these people to thwart the Incubi and find a way to get Emma’s estranged, workaholic father, legally stripped of custody after his wife’s death thanks to excessive drinking, an 80 hour work week and a history of coke abuse, back to her bedside at the hospital where she lays in a coma. Sounds complicated? Actually, it is. But only a little.

One of the reasons you don’t find movies like Ink often is because movies don’t have the kind of time it takes to build a whole world and its own mythology like Ink does. Few writers posses the kind of skills that Ink’s writer/director, Jamin Winans, has to move the plot along at a brisk pace while creating an entire sandbox to place its own sprawling fairytale in. Ink doesn’t take existing folklore and weave it into a plot about a father saving what’s left of his family, it creates it from the ground up; from scratch. This gorgeous urban fantasy makes it look easy, too. Nearly half the running time is without dialog, subtle suggestions of the rules of the game at work in real time, as you watch it unfold. It tells you enough while suggesting a whole lot more and doesn’t waste time getting in your face to spell everything out to you. It does what good entertainment is supposed to do. It stimulates your brain and lets your imgination connect the dots based on the ammunition you have been provided with.

Ink also has a stunning visual style that looks nothing like any movie I’ve ever seen. Its beautiful special effects put you in the dream world, placing the setting under a soft, surreal filter to clue you in on when you’re watching something going on inside someone’s head or on the other side of the night world, while casting the actual real world in harsh contrasting tones in case you had forgotten how much reality sucks. The Incubi, with their constantly smiling faces hidden by shields of glass, are some of the most terrifying creatures put to film. Practically every shot of Winans’ film is a feast for the eyes, though. Ink is proof positive that effects heavy indie movies are not such a rare commodity anymore.Ink’s effects, though, front and center in every shot of the movie, are the means by which the film’s big ideas are best communicated and the entire picture is propelled into orbit by a burning shot of creativity and innovation, best displayed in a scene where Jacob influences reality by interrupting the rhythm of the world.

The film falters in the casting, occasionally. Chris Kelly, who plays Emma’s deeply haunted father, is a bit wooden and his interpretation of a man whose life is defined by greed and despair is a caricature of the workaholic and the casting of some of the Storytellers is weakened by some awkward moments in the dialog. The film’s big twist in the third act is also fairly predictable and strikes a chord with the viewer as a deus ex machina device to wrap things up but the sheer mass of the emotions going into the story, a series of absolutely exciting fight scenes as the Storytellers fight the Incubi and a climax that is absolutely crushing outline Ink as a film that must be rescued from relative obscurity and brought to the masses. It’s brimming with huge ideas, beautiful photograpy and special effects and strikes a natural balance between its effects and character building. It has a few cracks on the surface but what lies beneath a few of the problems that commonly dog low budget indie pictures is a film rich in originality and beauty. Make it a priority. See Ink. Now.

Head over to the Ink website, where you can but it on DVD, Blu-ray or download it.


  1. November 14, 2009 8:40 am


    Finally A site that does real reviews. Yes the movie was a movie that all should see.

  2. November 18, 2009 5:40 am


    Thank you for a beautiful review. We are so use to seeing rubbish that it is hard to see a gem when it is right in front of you. Hopefully the whole team that made this film will get enough success to go on to other projects – other joys to bring to the world. I think this movie should be seen alone, at a quite time, when you are alert to feeling and the world. I loved the whispers in this film, not enough whispers in films. And as you say wow what an emotional ride, there were many hooks in this film for me the visuals are powerful. Everyone should watch this film. Again, thank you for the thoughtful review Bryan.

  3. November 18, 2009 11:09 am


    I also enjoyed the film. It is nice not to be hit over the head with every nuance and to be trusted by the filmaker to think. What a pleasure. My choice for best film of ’09.

  4. November 21, 2009 8:43 am


    I felt compelled to reply to this review, you hit the nail on the head. In a world of big budget films glorifying mindless entertainment via sex, violence and mundane plots, Ink has given me hope in future films. No huge advertising campaign, famous actors or that dumb feeling one has after watching a so called “box office hit.” Ink was truly original, innovative film making at its best, truly a pleasure to watch.

  5. November 27, 2009 9:08 pm

    retroman steve

    Oh heck yeah!!! I just saw this is on Netflix Watch Instantly. I’m so excited to give this a viewing tonight. I saw the trailer a while back and was very intrigued with the visuals and story premise. Thank you Bryan your endorsement has me even more excited to view it.

  6. November 28, 2009 2:07 am

    retroman steve

    just got done watching INK. wow….utter amazement for indie story making this was jaw dropping original and creative. You’re right though a few moments didn’t feel right or where out of place and some acting didn’t hit the mark but taken as a whole this was such an amazing accomplishment. To see something so unique and original with such a wonderful message about the power of forgiveness. We need more of these type of films.

  7. December 3, 2009 5:20 pm


    Awesome….a really awesome easy watching movie. Also totally different to any other movie I’ve watched. Although there are few scenes that doesn’t really make sense I can truly say that this is on top of my list of 2009!

    Go and watch it!

  8. December 4, 2009 2:27 am


    Yeah, I just got done watching it and I gotta’ say. It’s very artistic, and the fight scenes were so well done even for a low budget movie, actually, the fight scenes were better than 80% of the mainstream stuff, and I’m not kidding. Either way, you people should watch it, it has a powerful storyline with a good moral to it.

  9. December 9, 2009 10:32 pm


    I saw another review of this movie… the reviewer had no idea what even happened in the movie, he just said it was trash and moved on! It really got on my nerves that some people might be reading that and are immediately throwing this movie out of their minds as terrible. It’s my new favorite movie, I love it. Thank you for the great review, Bryan.

  10. December 11, 2009 11:51 am

    Sooz Incognito

    Just saw it last night. Beautiful movie. Wonderful story. And the little girl who plays Emma did an amazing job (“Why? Why? WHY?!!”). It’s good to find a review that truly does this movie justice. A film for a thinking audience, to be sure.

  11. December 17, 2009 1:25 am

    Hard Rocker

    Yah the review is great and accurate. i trust this website for other reviews in future too, especially from this good critic, Bryan.

  12. December 17, 2009 9:10 am

    Bryan White

    Aw! You guys are too kind.

  13. December 21, 2009 3:58 pm


    INK moved me more than almost any other movie I have ever seen. It is a movie with beautiful, life affirming messages. The more seasoned in life the viewer is, the more impacfull the movie. The special effects were great and almost every scene was a feast for the eyes. But, special effects is not what this movie is about! The effects are used to enhance the wonderful, moving, intricate and powerful story.

  14. December 28, 2009 2:47 am


    This is the best movie i have ever seen. And i see them all!
    I can watch this movie over and over again. It is just perfect!
    I have no words to describe, this movie deserves all the good reviews. Please log on Imdb.com and rate positively this movie. This must go in the top. And would be for sure in the top 10 of most Sci-Fi/Fantasy ever made.

  15. December 29, 2009 9:13 pm

    John Smith

    I have seen thousands of movies in my life but never had a favorite until i saw this movie. This movie got more emotion out of me than all the movies i have seen combined (excluding comedy).

  16. January 17, 2010 11:20 pm


    Great review! And yes, this movie was brilliant! Such a breath of fresh air in haze of Hollywood fog.

    Bryan, you did miss something, however. This world is not built from the ground up. It is -loaded- with Christian imagery. There is even a direct quote from the letter of 2 Peter: “A day is like 1000 years, and a 1000 years is like a day” (2 Peter 3:8). The Storyteller with Ink is the Christ figure, who is pierced (yes) three times, which leads to Ink’s redemption. She is the beautiful sacrifice. Though a “great warrior,” she gives herself freely to be taken (bound in chains), humiliated (hair cut off) and to die (stabbed by the head baddy).

    There is a build in the movie as Ink watches her freely be trampled upon, and it stuns him more and more until the climax where she dies and he fights for her daughter.

    I suspect the screenwriter/director is a Christian, or at least, very familiar with the Gospel story. It had dozens of parallels.

  17. January 21, 2010 1:49 pm

    pablo harguindey

    Superb review !

    Can I translate to spanish and publish in my blog (with links to your blog obviously) ?
    I saw the film and was a shocking (in good terms) experience


  18. January 21, 2010 2:50 pm

    Bryan White

    Please do. Provide me with a link to the review and I’ll link back to you.

  19. January 24, 2010 11:37 am


    I stumbled across this movie by total accident….and I couldn’t be more pleased. The concept is amazing, and I was taken by surprise by the emotion involved. The characters were nothing less than cool (especialy the incubus) who were something straight out of an Aphex Twin video. Another character I really liked was the pathfinder, and I was left wanting to know more about him and the incubus, but much is left up to the viewers imagination outside of the storys main path. After watching this film, I just wanted to watch it again….and that never happens. I highly recommend this film for the whole family in any household…you don’t want to pass this one up!!

  20. January 31, 2010 8:13 am


    when the film started I though “oh no some doggy filming and acting here, but as it moved on I found myself getting into it.
    I love films and sci -fi , I have a top ten movies and INK has just taken a position in my top ten movies.

    great film , brill story.

    10 out of 10

  21. February 2, 2010 3:35 am


    I just watched the movie and agree it’s a rare pearl. There is one aspect of the plot that is unclear to me, though. Ink seems to be John (Emma’s father) after committing suicide. How can John be alive and awake by Emma’s bed in the hospital and be Ink in the other world at the same time? The movie seems to suggest that John commits suicide after Emma’s death or his wife death. But Emma can only die if Ink (John) commits suicide first and then takes her into the other world by force. In the other case of suicide after the wife’s death, still doesn’t seem logical to see John by Emma’s bed and in the other world as Ink at the same time. Did I miss something?

  22. February 8, 2010 4:27 am


    I suppose this film is too intelectual for nowadays society. Our society is overfeeded of Paris Hilton, Chuck norris and of course Teletubbies,hehehe just ironicly kidding.by the way, the soundtrack of in astonished me for rest of my life!!!

  23. February 16, 2010 2:36 pm


    Wake up people, this is a movie for kids…fake action scenes, lame story, bad acting, it`s full of cliches…..

  24. February 16, 2010 2:48 pm

    Bryan White

    Because the opinion of someone too chickenshit to leave their name means so much.

    Thanks for stopping by, Me.

  25. February 16, 2010 7:46 pm


    who the fuck stole my name and wrote shit?

  26. March 1, 2010 4:14 am


    I agree with Bruno, and it is the key reason why I’m torn with this movie.

    I love the imagery, the awesome characters that are the Incubi, the storyteller Liev, and the Pathfinder Jacob. I enjoyed the whole “world outside our world” that is realistic yet fantastical. I think the little girl who played Emma was utterly sublime in her role, and the climax where she looks towards Ink is soul-crushing. haven’t had the heart strings plucked like that in a while.

    However, the ending part where Ink’s identity is revealed was personally destructive to the movie. It makes absolutely no sense in the context of the film, to the point of being a plot impossibility. If Ink is in this netherworld because of death, then his real world persona can’t exist, because that would mean he’s alive. BAM! Viewer confusion.

    This then leads to all sorts of other questions that makes this viewer less sympathetic. Was the Incubi after Ink, or Emma? What is the importance of Ink or Emma that the Incubi take such an interest in them? What was the guy amongst the Incubi near the end with the Incubi with the creepy eyes who isn’t explained in the slightest? Exactly how much harm could Jacob do when he affects the “Pulse of the World”? More still, since he was able to do what he did for the storytellers, could a “bad” Pathfinder do the same for the Incubi? Was the death of John’s wife really coincidental?

    I wish it had ended differently, because the movie was otherwise very enjoyable. I’d even recommend it to friends. However the climax left me irritated at the filmmaker for what seems like a fairly obvious and glaring storytelling flaw.

  27. March 11, 2010 10:08 pm


    I too loved the movie. Moreover, it made me think. I personally felt, regarding the movie, that children are always united with their soul and matured people are the ones who lose the link with their soul in due course of time in life. Ink was the soul of the father character; alive in the parallel world. The Story tellers and the Incubi was actually fighting for the souls of the child and that of the father.

  28. April 10, 2010 1:27 am


    It is no wonder that people who look to this surrealistic symphony for literal meaning may be confused and disenfranchised. The actual story takes place in a matter of a minute. It is the daughter’s vision of the battle her father wages to reconnect with his family (and her in particular.) It opens with her pleading for him to engage her in her fantasy world. After a few dismissals he aquiesces and fights for her. The suicide is not of the body but of soul. This is a revisionist “Christmas Carol”
    laced with shades of George Lucas’ “Twice Upon a Time.”
    It is also one of the most moving, innovative and captivating experiences I have every had with a movie.
    Like “The Happiness Of The Katakuris,” this is not a movie you recommending but a gift you are passing on.

  29. April 11, 2010 10:23 am


    This movie was one of the best movies I’ve seen in the past few years. I didn’t know anything about it when I tossed it on a few months back, just heard it got good reviews and hoped for the best. I was literally captivated as I sat watching it with headphones on. It’s a roller coaster of emotions and I found myself laughing and smiling in the happy flashbacks and holding back tears in others. Not many movies have captured me like Ink did. I can easily say this is one of my all time favorites and have been talking about it to people since. Great review, great movie – everyone should see it for sure.

  30. April 11, 2010 10:10 pm


    I disagreed with dunkage, although that is an interesting interpretation. In the real world a lot of time passes while Emma is in a comma, not just minutes. And Emma playing with her father is a memory from the past, since her mother is still alive.

    As to those people confused about time, Since the movie is fantasy and not Scifi, it doesn’t matter that it’s physically impossible for John to have both lost his daughter and saved his daughter. As is mentioned, time moves differently in the dream world. Ink represents what John will become, should he continue to be depressed about his life and fail to see what’s really important.

    Also, my interpretation of Ink, although it definitely could be religiously based, is more about human nature and society. I don’t think the incubus and the storytellers are just portrayals of “good” and “evil”, but of human beings. The storytellers are people who’ve made the choice to be helpful after they’ve died, whereas the incubus are most likely tortured people like Ink, who have chosen to lead others down the path they’ve taken.

  31. May 6, 2010 8:56 pm

    The Paris Wheel » Ink

    […] hate. One thing seems common to the reviews (and the reviewers) though – those that loved it got it (its story was clear) and those that hated it […]

  32. May 18, 2010 12:02 pm

    Justin Price

    Just wanted to see if I might be able to help clear up the questions Ramad brought up regarding the film. This is what I gathered from watching, and what makes sense to me.

    Regarding Ink’s existence, he is obviously a future incarnation of John. Because time in the fantasy world is much quicker than time in the real world, Ink can exist because that line of reality WILL happen if he stays on his current course. It seems that there is a bit of time traveling going on for Ink to be able to come back and affect the present, but really I just think time is terribly wonky in the dream world and past, present and future can all sort of exist together. Of course affecting the time line like Jacob did changed that course, but up until the very moment John touches his daughter in the hospital room that course is still in motion and will still play out, creating Ink. It was actually the realization that he truly cared about his daughter which finally pushed all that doubt and anger out of his mind-altering the course of his life, and thereby removing Ink from existence.

    It is stated by both the Storytellers and the Incubi that Ink is a powerful being, and both seem to want him for his abilities. It’s possible that he may be something like a chosen one-though that is never stated in the film-which may help either team defeat the other(again though, that is purely conjecture on my own part). The Incubi want Ink, but in order for him to join their team he has to sacrifice his daughter, absolving him entirely of whatever tiny shred of humanity he has left. I feel like the Incubi knew the little girl was Ink’s daughter.

    As far as the guy with the creepy eyes, I don’t think he is anything more than the head honcho of the Incubi. No real signifigance with him, except that he was who Ink was bringing Emma to.

    I’m not entirely certain on the Pathfinders, but that’s actually a pretty good theory about John’s wife. Her death was essentially what set John on the downward spiral which eventually led to this moral struggle. It would make perfect sense if the Incubi had their own Pathfinder that set her death in motion by changing the flow.

    Anyway, just a few thoughts, I thought might help explain. This is honestly one of the best films I’ve ever seen, so if I can be of any help in understanding its somewhat convoluted story (and my ideas aren’t total garbage), I’m more than willing.

  33. June 17, 2010 8:52 pm


    I can see how a materialistic mind missed the whole plot of this wonderful film.

    As for me I understand how physically he is the father, but emotionally he is INK because he is taking the road of a corrupt tortured soul who will ultimately do anything to make the shame go away. The music was just perfect and i cant get it out of my head.

    the ending scene where he picks up emma and has a flash back to them playing almost made me cry. It was a spiritual momment for me, trully my favorite film because it touched me in so many levels.

    I want to add a great review and increase the audience of this film, alot more people need to see it and recomend it. Dont let this movie end up at the bottom of the horrible cinema that popular culture has settled for.

  34. June 21, 2010 8:20 pm


    This movie was the worst piece of shit I have ever seen. First of all from a general film cirtisizing point of veiw let’s start with the acting. Not a single actor in this insult to filmmaking had the slightest bit of itellegent thought going on behind the sparse and fucking terrible, unnessisary dialoge (the movie would have truly made more sense silent) That may or may not be because they had no idea what the movie was about… because the writers had no idea what the movie was about. This movie is the product of a group of writers and directors with a mirad of self image issues who think that self expessiona nd raw orginality equates to a slew of thirteen year olds bad over emotive poetry that means nothing. The storyline is so sparatic its as if they rearranged it in a manner thatthe figured it would throw the veiwer off enough that they wouldnt realize that nothing fit at all. I mean come on, the dad killing himself/ not killing himself. WOW: thats some brilliant writing. The best thing in the movie was the little girl. And the worst was the over done overindiafied camera angles. Do not watch this movie.

  35. June 25, 2010 3:57 pm



    I am dumbfounded by the response. Right up front, I think all agreed this was not perfect, but it is a low budget Indie that has some major thought proviking moments.

    Worst you have EVER Seen?! I will spare the expletives and that is just immature… Really? Wow… I got a list so long most would quit reading the review before I got done with movies that were way worse than this – can anyone say “War of the Worlds” with Tom Cruise – Can someone gag Dakato Fanning so we can stop hearing here screaming very 5 minutes? I Digress….

    I read all of the reviews here, bad and good, and just had to reply – was it perfect? NO – Was it unique in figures and approach to story – yeah. Is the story all original – No, but damn – nice to see a twist on a story for a change (Love different takes on Vampires or Werewolves or whatever… Not just a rehash of same old). I had it figured out before the end, but still – just a nice story. Your review is just hateful…

    How about – I hate the movie and really don’t recommend it to others, but “DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE” Come on… laughable…

    Free world – Very cool Movie folks, but MAYBE not for everyone – right EMMA?

    I still say watch it and judge for yourself…


  36. July 18, 2010 12:17 am


    Wow!!! This movie was a truly unexpected pleasure. It blew me away. Best movie I have seen in a long time. All should watch this. It may just stir something in your soul.

  37. September 2, 2010 11:57 am


    I went in without much information or expectation and almost shut it off after about the first 20 minutes. The flickering, flashing noisiness with minimal intro or context was almost enough to put me off, but I stayed with it. I got that there was a dream world and that there was a real world struggle between a father’s relationship to his wife and daughter and to his career. Early on, I got that Ink was the tortured, scarred shell of the father’s soul caught in a purgatory-like dreamscape where his actions have both real world and dream world consequences for himself and his daughter. The fighting between the storytellers and the Incubi was an effective, if somewhat annoying, method of relating the struggle between the opposing dream forces. The storytellers and their motivation were underrelated and their dialogue and interaction unsatisfying. The Incubi were very interesting. They were dark and threatening without being horrific. Overall, despite the underwhelming and distracting dialogue, the quantum of confused noisiness, the gratutous and annoying fight scenes, the simplicity of the story’s essential dynamic, the predictable happy ending, etc…the movie worked and left me with a haunted feeling and some raw emotion. Afterward, I lay down beside my 8-year-old daughter and just held her for a little while, as she slept. Any movie that puts a parent in that emotional place, is effective and worthwhile.

  38. October 7, 2010 3:43 pm


    I loved this movie, it’s utterly wonderful!

  39. October 7, 2010 5:20 pm


    I thought this was a brilliant movie! The concept of the world behind our first curtain of reality was incredible. I related it to almost a spiritual warfare type of thing. There are two sides constantly fighting for our soul and we never see those who are sent to protect us. Also loved the concept of having to “stop the flow”. Very well done and highly recommended.

  40. December 26, 2010 1:43 am


    This was a beautiful movie about a tortured soul who has a huge nose from too much lying. A pretty woman and a vacuous little girl struggle for the soul of this guy named ink and offer rhinoplasty so he can heal his scars and feel normal.
    The acting was superb because the director told them if you don’t know what to do next just yell a lot.
    In closing: movies that don’t make sense and also that you don’t care about the characters; WHAT’S UP WITH THAT?

  41. December 27, 2010 4:35 pm

    Bryan White

    Translating the comment above:

    In closing: I didn’t understand this movie. Therefore, it is shit and all of you who like it are stupid.

  42. January 20, 2011 5:14 pm


    Translating Bryan White’s rant: Only I am intelligent and sensitive enough to understand this movie, and anyone who was bored by it and found it pedantic and trenchant and overdone and overacted, is just stupid. Unlike me.

  43. January 21, 2011 2:54 pm


    Why the smug, puerile, snobbish, elitist attitude towards the people who didn’t care for or about this movie, Bryan?

    It’s only a movie. You are only an anonymous poser on an internet movie review site.

  44. January 21, 2011 2:59 pm

    Bryan White

    Are you fucking serious? You came back here two days in a row to start a fight on the internet a month after your original comment? You must lead an exciting life. I’m envious.

  45. January 21, 2011 3:07 pm


    Kettle meet pot.

  46. January 21, 2011 3:13 pm

    Bryan White

    You must not know this.

    This is my blog. I write everything here. These are my opinions. I started this site. I wrote this review. I have no choice but to check the comments because the system alerts me when there are new ones.

    What’s your excuse?

  47. January 21, 2011 3:35 pm


    Why do I need an excuse? You know what Bryan? You come across as a pompous bully.

    Do I have too much time on my hands? Yeah. I’m laid up at home waiting for back surgery.

    Here’s the deal: it’s okay for you to dis people who don’t follow the party line but, here we go again; pot meet kettle.
    Listen, just delete and bar naysayers. It doesn’t matter to me. There are hundreds of these sites. I’ve got a website. You can’t expect to fling shit around and not expect that some of it may land on you.

    Try to remember; you are not as important as you think you are.

    One last thing: I REALLY didn’t like ink. Thanks Bry.

  48. March 29, 2011 8:06 pm

    Dan K

    Just watched this movie and I wish I was in a more private area so i could turn the volume up to hear the whispers, but regardless amazing movie, especially for being low budget.

    For all the questions about ink and the whole time traveling issues, my interpretation that i’ve accumulated from other people is that since ink was only the thought of John’s suicide (or downward path in life) that began to manifest either with the passing of his wife or when the father in law takes custody of Emma, therefore they are not identically the same and can exist in the same time frame.

    To the guy above me. Heres the deal: Your a real piece of shit.

  49. April 28, 2011 4:35 pm

    Shawn Williamson

    WOW!!! What an incredible movie! I was looking for something fun and walked away with an emotional modern day fairytale. There is a beauty to this move that goes beyond words, and an emotional connection to the characters that I would have never expected just reading the synopsis of the film. It is written for people with some intellect however, and those who are less intelligent may think it boring or dumb (Sadly they will never see the beauty of this film) Your review was spot on and I am directing my friends and family to it so they will know what an awesome film this is!
    Thanks for writing it!!

  50. April 28, 2011 6:06 pm

    Bryan White

    Thanks. That kind of made my day.

  51. May 10, 2011 7:01 pm


    Dan: Not your, you’re

  52. July 6, 2011 4:03 am


    I just saw this movie on Netflix Instant Stream and I HAD to find other people online to read their thoughts. I was blown away, especially by the revelation at the end. It really elevated the film to a whole new level. A great, great film.

  53. July 9, 2011 2:15 am


    Time moves differently in the alternate dream world- it moves forward and back and sideways. Stop thinking linearly folks. Though Ink was a John from the future, the dream world does not move linearly, making it quite plausible that Ink could enter our world before John’s death and Ink’s creation. Unwittingly given the opportunity to alter the sequence of events that led to his birth!

    Doesn’t anyone read sci-fi, fantasy, or time travel stories?
    Btw, great movie. 10/10. Plan on buying it soon as I can avoid a blu-ray player :)

  54. August 18, 2011 2:47 pm


    I have watched this movie close to ten times and have found more and more that falls into place each time i watch it. Its a paradox in itself. Its a very interesting movie that i found a lot of joy in watching. Anything that can help me thing of things in a new way will get an outstanding review from me. Makes me happy to see most ppl found something positive though this production.

  55. September 4, 2011 10:05 pm


    clearly the incubi want it everything to happen.. they were leading this man to his doom..
    I loved the movie.. best since Donnie Darko

  56. October 2, 2011 4:32 am


    This is an incredible movie, and a great review. It’s value goes beyond budget and all the perks that go with a “hollywood” movie. It’s strength is the story itself and how it’s told. Bryan understands this and gives an insightful overview without ruining the journey.

    My take on the father’s “suicide”, I think it’s a metaphorical one. he’s given up on what’s good in life, and is only worried about his personal gain and the material world.

    As for the people who didn’t like the movie, some have said it is too deep for them to understand, I disagree. I think it’s more likely they do understand and are afraid of what it means to them and how they are living their lives. All I have to say to them is I hope someone is running right now, trying to call for backup to help you.

    One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four.

  57. October 18, 2011 6:22 am


    I’ll help clarify.

    In the movie, the woman he refers to as “the warrior” he says that “she can undo what has been done”

    In the final scene she tells him she wasn’t there for the girl she was there “for him”

    She also says “this is what you could become, this is what you will choose to be”

    The movie isn’t about the little girl its about the father, keep that in mind as I explain the rest.

    The movie has a powerful Christian foundation, the woman is a representation of his wife who passed as an angel.

    The process? He commited suicide, and she is “undoing what had been done” and saving his soul from purgatory. Which is why the movie seems to time travel, it doesn’t. The movie was about the father the whole time, and the battle over his soul.

    A simultaneous story of an “angel/storyteller” saving his life from purgatory and changing the outcome of what already happened while the incubi show their story and their altering of the future at the same time. The complex unseen battle that goes on everyday I’m which one is trying to alter you for good or bad, via your ego or soul.

  58. October 18, 2011 6:27 am


    Oh BTW. Bodypro98: your hilarious lol

    Though I do disagree, I liked the movie a lot.

    Bryan: hate to say it, but u can’t hate on people for having a different opinion.

  59. October 18, 2011 6:31 am


    And I know people are really stupid, so read my post about the movie 3x slowly before responding. And wipe the drool from your lip.

    On not kidding about reading it more then once, I’m sure my liner notes won’t sink in the first time.

  60. October 22, 2011 4:03 am


    I disagree with you on certain points slutfishy. 1st, if it’s a Christian movie (which I also believe), God gave us free will, but the result is we have to deal with the consequences. That’s why Jesus had to die for our sins. They still happened, but we are forgiven for them if we accept Him and try to live as he wants as best we can. It doesn’t erase what we’ve done, especially suicide which is considered the worst sin of all, throwing away the gift God gave us.
    Also I agree with Jason who said the storyteller is Jesus, not only for the reasons he mentioned, but also because that is often how Jesus taught, through stories (or parables).
    Last, I don’t quite understand your need to insult the other posters. in your 2nd post you say you can’t hate others for having different opinions, and in your 3rd you say this:

    And I know people are really stupid, so read my post about the movie 3x slowly before responding. And wipe the drool from your lip.

    On not kidding about reading it more then once, I’m sure my liner notes won’t sink in the first time.

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    I disagree with you on certain points slutfishy. 1st, if it’s a Christian movie (which I also believe), God gave us free will, but the result is we have to deal with the consequences. That’s why Jesus had to die for our sins. They still happened, but we are forgiven for them if we accept Him and try to live as he wants as best we can. It doesn’t erase what we’ve done, especially suicide which is considered the worst sin of all, throwing away the gift God gave us.
    Also I agree with Jason who said the storyteller is Jesus, not only for the reasons he mentioned, but also because that is often how Jesus taught, through stories (or parables).
    Last, I don’t quite understand your need to insult the other posters. in your 2nd post you say you can’t hate others for having different opinions, and in your 3rd you say this:

    And I know people are really stupid, so read my post about the movie 3x slowly before responding. And wipe the drool from your lip.

    On not kidding about reading it more then once, I’m sure my liner notes won’t sink in the first time.

    Not trying to start a fight, I just don’t understand the need to be so confrontational before anyone responded.

  61. October 22, 2011 4:04 am


    Haha that didn’t work out well. Sorry about that Bryan. Feel free to delete if you feel the need.

  62. October 23, 2011 2:33 pm


    I’m not intentionally insulting the other posters, I just know people are stupid. Here’s a good example; you said you agree with me that its a Christian movie, I never said it was a Christian movie.

    I said it had “christian foundations” … The rules of the bible and logical of the Christian faith do not apply, this movie is its own creation of reality with its own rules. The movie was “inspired” by Christianity not dictated by it.

    Hence, why I ask you to read it more then once. Makes sense now?

  63. October 31, 2011 4:57 pm


    So it has powerful Christian foundations, your words, but it goes against the basis of Christianity in God gave us free will and because of that Christ had to die for our sins, they can’t just be erased. Once again, no need to insult people. Make sense now?

  64. November 1, 2011 5:55 am


    Chris, your a moron, please stop posting. The Bible never once says we have “free will” that’s a man made assumption. Ask anyone who believes in ‘predestination’.

    And to explain Further, (the fact that I have to is sad), I.. uhm.. no.. I won’t actually .. forget that thought.. if u didn’t Get it the first time.. and its that simple… U just need to wrap your hands in duct tape and put on a helmet..

  65. November 1, 2011 2:15 pm


    Christianity inspired Kevin Smith to write Dogma, I’m pretty sure the movie bends Christian logic quite a bit and yet, that movie directly refers to Christianity. The movie ‘Ink’ from what I remember, almost NEVER directly refers to Christianity and doesn’t follow their logic. The movie had symbols of Christianity, it’s not trying to convert anyone or win an award for accuracy. Its an artist interpretation of the world around ours using the concepts of life, physics, reality, religion and the inspiration from all of the above to portray that world.

    Just because a painter paints a sunset, doesn’t mean he has to paint it the way he see’s it directly. Have you ever heard of absrtact? … Art or even thinking? Its obvious you haven’t.

    Chris, I hate the fact that I have to baby-step you through common sense understanding. Typing this post just annoyed me completely.

    So do us all a favor, use your reproductive appendage as a bungie cord from a tall building and never reproduce!

  66. November 10, 2011 4:43 pm


    At least you’re not intentionally insulting posters. You think you are so superior that anyone who disagrees with you is a moron. That is pure arrogance and there is no point talking to you. No need to respond, I’m not wasting anymore time with you.

  67. November 12, 2011 4:41 pm


    lol theres a difference between arrogance and confidence.

    and btw, you “did” respond. but the world appreciates the fact that you will not anymore. You have threatened me with a good time, I really hope you pull through.

  68. January 13, 2012 9:37 pm


    hahaha love how sad the world is that people need to argue over every minor detail in films that then lead to flaws in peoples lifes . bla bla bla.. for a cheap film this is not bad, would have been better off rewriting the script a bit as the dialogue was tedious at times and some scenes unnecessary. the fast paced editing was sometimes pointless too but if it was their intention for it to annoy or distract it worked. for anyone that loves film or storytelling, or art in general i would recommend this film.

  69. January 26, 2012 8:41 am


    I’m surprised no one’s said yet that the dream world storyline is a metaphor for the real world storyline. It could have been that nothing in the dream world is actually taking place but it was all just a metaphor for the emotional and mental battles of the characters. John has to sacrifice the life of his daughter to climb the corporate ladder–that is, join the ranks of the incubi. I think that “Ink” was a prediction rather than a time traveling figure, a warning of where he is headed, and possibly how he viewed himself subconsciously during the story. Liev is the manifestation of John’s memory of his dead wife, and the other storytellers are John’s conscience–the good in him.

    Anyway, I loved this movie. Yes, the acting was iffy at times but I was too distracted by the story to notice much. I also must say, I did love how the dream world character interactions were straight out of old fantasy movies (the overly dramatic dialog, the facial expressions, the body language and kneeling, etc) while in the real world, the characters behaved more conventionally.

    I’m really glad this movie was made as an indie. I think big-budget production would have mutilated it.

  70. January 31, 2012 4:39 am


    Finally, someone with an insightful intelligent outlook.

    Go go power-fiona!

  71. January 31, 2012 7:00 pm


    you bore me. fucking nerd.

  72. February 6, 2012 3:03 am


    This is a healing movie. I have a lot of work to do. Thank you for the alegory. I must get busy now.

  73. February 14, 2013 12:56 am


    Is there a book on “INK”? to be honest i think it would be a good book to read.

  74. February 22, 2013 6:06 am


    Great review, spectacular film. I have seen this movie about 3 times and I still notice something else every time. To be honest though, there is no reference nor indication of coke abuse in the film, only alcohol.

    Ink, for me, is a definite 10/10. The only thing it lacked was the budget to do it better than it was done. I am one of those people that can look past the minor flaws in a film to see the bigger picture, but I know there are a lot of people out there that cannot. For those of you that cannot look past poor camera work on fight scenes, some minor acting troubles, and a few bad/unneeded lines I do not recommend this movie for you. But if you are a dreamer, like me, then you can and will receive a major thrill from this beautiful, creative movie.

  75. October 16, 2013 3:10 pm


    I just recently watched this movie, my friend recommended it to me. I read all of the comments here and would like to offer my take.

    The movie has some pretty important biblical meanings, none are there to prove it’s right or wrong. The idea itself is that God can see the past, present and future all at once. So the film takes us through John’s life with “who you were (past)”, “who you are”(constantly changing present) and “who you will become”(future).

    The who you were is when John was loving husband with his wife and playing in the sunflower field with his wife and daughter. These are past memories of John that the warriors or storyteller’s helped him remember.

    The who you are is the final outcome and this changes throughout the movie with the two forces fighting for his soul.

    Who you will become is what actually happened, John didn’t go see his daughter and she died in the hospital. He eventually killed himself and was sent to a form of hell, maybe not in the biblical sense but he was a wanderer in this realm.

    Liev was there in that hellish realm and she wasn’t there for his daughter but for INK. At the end of the movie it’s tied up quite nicely and this is where I made the spiritual connection. (Again I am not claiming this is 100% right, I just love the twist or the idea of it).

    The pathfinder is the only one who can physically interfere with the flow of the world. He was able to change John’s path to allow for a second chance if you would. Liev was sent because she and it’s said at the end of the movie “can change that which has already been” she was able to help John see his life and the guilt and shame he had he finally realized what was more important in what his short earthly life was supposed to be. We know he has been in this realm for a while because Liev also mentioned at the end of the movie that time operates differently for her then it is for humans. One day is like a thousand for humans, watch the last 15min if you don’t recall. This is actually biblical whether you believe in that or not doesn’t matter, but in the movies world, God saw the past the present and the future all within 1000 years of a human happens in 1 day for him. So in the end I look at the incubus as “demons” and the warriors or storytellers as “Angels”.

    I really enjoyed the film and thought it was a great way to showcase all those little “coincidences” could in fact be there to prevent the destruction of your future self’s soul!

  76. November 3, 2013 10:34 am


    The best film that has ever been made. I have watched it 6 times and it just gets better and better .

    Hope the film finally gets the credit it deserves

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  78. August 11, 2014 10:49 am

    cameron durrant

    Just watching movie now. This thing is woefull. I’ll give it couple o points for ideas and some special effects considering budget. But for christ sake the lame ass soft camera effect makes it tacky as fuck. Acting is bot as shit. The ideas for emotional triggers are so godamn over used. Honest 3/10 the only people who would like this are kids and grown adults who thing unicycles, juggling and steampunk is sick.

  79. October 25, 2014 1:39 am


    I received this movie from a friend as a gift. I just finished watching it for the third time. This is one hella powerful movie. It has officially become my favorite movie. Very cathartic tears watching this. To all you critics who judge a movie’s worth on Hollywood high-budget plastic perfection… the Incubi would be happy to add you to their collection of physically flawless, soulless human shells. Lol.

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