VIFF 2015: The Similars gets weird and weirder

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      The Similars (Mexico)  

      It’s tempting to think that the breakout success of The Incident—one of the best films in last year’s Altered States program—provided the amazing gusto that animates writer-director Isaac Ezban’s second feature (hot off the press as it arrives here). The pulpy premise this time around dumps a bunch of desperate people into a bus station as the entire world succumbs to an impossibly huge hurricane. And then it gets really weird, with Ezban drumming up a high visual style to match his outlandish concept, and almost succeeding heroically at both.