Penn State Alumni, Randy Troy, began working on Regression as his senior thesis. In an attempt to finish what he’d started, Randy continued working on the film (amongst working on other projects such as the newest Batman) after graduating in 2011. Now that movie is now finally finished, and Randy plans on releasing it tonight via Youtube at 7:00PM. The movie is becoming something of a Hollywood Hot button, with rumors circulating that J.J. Abrams may have uhh borrowed some of Randy’s ideas for his new show, Revolution. We won’t get into the details, but you can check out more about that here. For now all you REALLY need to know is that its out, it was made by a Penn Stater using a Penn State cast and crew, and they all want you to watch it.
Here is everything you need to know before watching this new movie!
“The world as you know it is going to end today” was the message left by flavor of the month and contemporary revolutionary “Pierre Robes” in war torn 2013 right before “The Blackout” occurred. The moment when all the world’s electronics mysteriously stopped working: cell phones, televisions, cars, computers… everything. Fast forward three months, and with power still not returned, gangs have risen, violence has spiked, and psychosis is spreading like wildfire across the younger generations. Now, when Leon Cromwell, former software engineer turned renegade, realizes batteries still work in this world void of power, he sets himself on an ambitious journey to find out exactly what caused this event by means of deciphering a message mysteriously feeding to his radio. When he realizes the message is from Pierre Robes, the man who predicted The Blackout, his search earns focus. Leon learns that Robes has taken over one of the municipal buildings of a nearby town and sets out to find him. He fights his way to a confrontation, hoping for closure on this new way of life.
The inspiration for the movie:
The first draft of Regression was written September 7th, 2010. I had come up with the idea for the film some months prior due to having my phone stolen and living in the era we’re in now on and off without a cell phone for three months. Realizing how dependent and reliant we’ve become on technology really struck a cord and sent a flurry of images my way. I mean, I grew up in a household that still had a rotary telephone until I was five, and look at us now. Everything is computerized. Take that away, and what happens? What happens when all the glamour is gone? There’s a potential for violence, looting, and psychosis galore. When I took those elements and tossed in a taste of satire, the film wrote itself.