A young African-American man (Daniel Kalugha - Black Mirror ) goes to stay with his Caucasian-American girlfriend and her family. Comedy comes from a subplot involving the hero's best friend, a TSA Agent who conforms to the stereotypical TBG sidekick role.
Unfortunately things begin to get a bit creepy. For example, the girlfriend's mother ( Catherine Keener ) is a hypnotist - which leads on to one of the creepiest scenes in the story.
Basically this is the African American version of Stepford Wives . Set in the post-Obama era, it refutes his statement that There is not a Black American and a White America, there is the United States of America. Instead, the upper middle class is portrayed as completely Caucasian. Whatever African Americans manage to get there are treated like servants. Yes, this is set in a world without a Black middle class.
The narrative is supposed to be new and original, but in fact it is quite familiar. Any Black people who achieve success or status are accused of selling out their community. Obama himself could be accuse of being an Uncle Sam (not to be confused with the fictional black astronaut, Major Tom). The traditional insult to describe a successful Black person is White Acting. This film has merely created a new phrase to describe it - Going to the sunken place.
Phil finds himself in a time loop. In fact, the concept has become synonymous with this film. However, the idea was previously used - for example, in at least one episode of Star Trek: TNG .
Phil is a big-city man who does not like small-town life. Despite this, he tries to adapt to his new situation. Among other things, he tries to seduce the new Producer. However, despite this rom-com storyline featuring heavily in the original advertising it is really just a minor subplot.
This is really a drama about a man who is driven slowly insane. The original script started on day five thousand of the time loop, which means Phil would have been re-living the day for fifteen years. The final version has a lot more comedy in it, and a small touch of romance, but it is still a depressing drama at its heart.
Mother and adopted daughter go on a road-trip, in search of the girl's birth-parents. She was originally from a ghost-town in Appalachia, West Virginia, which has been abandoned due to a massive underground fire in the coal seam underneath. This is actually inspired by a real-life town in the USA, although the real-life town lacks the supernatural infestation.
Rose gets pulled over by a Police Officer ( Laurie Holden ), but does not want to have a brief conversation. Instead she commits Contempt of Cop - the worst crime imaginable - and drives off at full throttle towards the town. Naturally, the cop follows ...
Rose and the cop end up in Silent Hill - an empty, smoke-filled ghost-town. Sharon has gone missing, so they go in search of her. Instead they discover some homeless folk, led by a Matriarch ( Alice Krige ). The birth-mother turns out to be Deborah Kara Unger .
Meanwhile the husband (Sean Bean - Game of Thrones ) comes in search of his family. The Police Chief (Kim Coates - Sons of Anarchy) tells him to go home, but he naturally refuses.
The wicked Queen ( Carrie-Anne Moss ) and her minions need the girl to defeat a demon.