The mystery of just what our heroes Keith (William Jackson Harper) and Jessica (Rebecca Henderson) are doing there, sore thumbs out in a strange place, astronauts on Earth, is what occupies the thrust of Philip Gelatt's film They Remain - we watch them measure and quantify and chat, we watch Keith wander the woods placing cameras about, but we have no idea what they're looking for, or at.
They Remain is a strange and slow little creation, an insect pinned to graph paper, last gasps - if I was going to compare it to anything I'd say it brought to mind Ben Wheatley's similarly isolated and strange A Field in England? Similarly if you've got the patience They Remain will reward it - Harper and Henderson have a fine rapport, which is vital since the film is basically nothing but that, disintegrating and mutating over the course of two hours.
They Remain is opening in NYC this weekend,
and in L.A. the week after. Here's the trailer:
Oh and I seriously love this movie's poster: