Monday, April 3, 2017

Now on Netflix: Under the Electric Sky (2014)

Under the Electric Sky (2014) - Directed by Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz.

By Kenny Howell

I would probably be remiss if I didn't start this review with that I don't really like EDM music.

I get the draw, it has a lot of energy, but it often seems repetitive, it just has never clicked with me.

I am not judging people who do listen to EDM in any way, it's why they make all kinds of music, because someone does connect to it no matter what it is.

Probably the main fault of Under the Electric Sky, the documentary about the 2013 Electric Daisy Carnival, is that if you do not like this music, it is probably not for you. The documentary follows several different people on their way to the festival, like some young men that call themselves the wolf pack (but swear it isn't from The Hangover), two young professionals that live on different continents and are coming together for the first time in 6 months, a man who is in a wheelchair after back surgery went wrong, and a few others.

These people are really interchangeable. I don't think they bring anything to the story, except being a conduit for us the viewer. So when they dive into their backstories, it is not all that interesting, partially because they don't invest enough, and partially because there isn't much tying them together other than they are going to the festival. They try to draw the line that these are people who are outcasts that find friendship and acceptance at this festival through the music, but that isn't true for everyone. It ends up being an overview of the festival more than anything, and not very engrossing. Still, it is a peek into this world, and the directors really capture the music and energy that attracts so many people.

Under the Electric Sky is now available on Netflix.

Rating: **1/2

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