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Brian Pearce
Running Time
10 Mins.

 "Illusions of Life" Review 
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Writer/Director Brian Pearce's "Illusions of Life" is an intriguing 10-minute short in which one young man, Toby Johnson, becomes a human test subject to get some badly needed extra cash. However, the line between dreams and reality become blurred and as "Illusions of Life" plays out even the audience is left wondering what's real and what is not.
   It's difficult to tell for sure if Pearce intends "Illusions of Life" as a darkly comic tale or as a haunting one, and the film occasionally accomplishes both of these things.  "Illusions of Life" won Best Short Film at the Windsong International Film Festival, a Fort Wayne, IN film festival and is in competition for the Hoosier Lens Award at the Indianapolis International Film Festival. 
   Filmed at various Indiana locations, "Illusions of Life" is a solid example of a low-budget, indie flick coming out of the Hoosier state with a generally solid ensemble cast, mood-setting cinematography and an inventive script from Brian Pearce. While the film's intention is a tad unclear and a couple of the smaller roles feel a touch off, "Illusions of Life" is an ambitious and creative project that largely pays off for viewers who appreciate their tales with a touch of a twist.
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