‘SEEDS’ Movie Review: How Forbidden Desire Can Eat You Alive

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When I first turned on the movie SEEDS I didn’t necessarily know what to expect.

Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

After a night of debauchery spirals out of control, Marcus retreats to his family home along the New England coast. Solitude is disturbed when his brother asks Marcus to look after his estranged nephew and niece. As days pass, solace escapes him; he feels baited by a dark force. Is he losing his mind or has something terrible burrowed deep within him? Incubating. Waiting until the climate is right. Haunted by his deepest fears, Marcus struggles not to succumb as he fights to protect Lily, his beloved niece from a monster that lies in wait.

SEEDS Review

Marcus is played by Trevor Long. You may know him as Cade Langmore from Netflix’s Ozark. SEEDS was actually written and directed by Trevor’s brother Owen Long. Let’s get right to it. The film is shot beautifully. The cinematography is absolutely gorgeous. Visually, this movie is really wonderful to watch. It’s not something you would expect from an “indie” movie, but something that paid off in the execution of storytelling.

There is not a lot of talking in SEEDS; rather the story is told primarily through the body language of both Trevor and Andrea Chen’s Lily. The core of the movie is the heavily suggestive undertones involving Marcus and his niece Lily. Right away, the audience can feel that there is something incredibly dark going on within Marcus and each scene he has with his niece has you holding your breath and focused on the moment. Will their relationship ever make that tip towards inappropriate? You’ll just have to watch to find out.

Trevor Long and Andrea Chen are Haunting on Screen Together

Chen is a Taiwanese actress and model who has not done a lot on screen, but regardless of that fact, she does very well in bringing Lily to life. Trevor is haunting in his portrayal of Marcus and seems completely at ease in playing this character. His character is both uncomfortable, plagued with guilt, and at the same time attempts to push that aside to be a good uncle to his niece and nephew.

If I had to pick one thing that I would have changed about this movie, it’s that I didn’t necessarily think the movie needed the slight supernatural/paranormal element that was included in the film. The acting was done so well that we could have just focused on the forbidden undertones that were palpable whenever Marcus and Lily were on screen together. Regardless, it was a very haunting movie and had a steady rhythm to it that tugged on your arm to follow every second.

Rating: 3.5/5

I would rate SEEDS 3.5/5 and definitely suggest giving it a viewing. SEEDS hits theaters on September 13th and is available on VOD/DVD on September 24th. For the interview that I conducted with both Trevor and Owen, make sure you click on this link for behind the scenes information on this film.