The Darkest Universe sees the reunification of director duo Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley, whose previous project comedy drama Black Pond garnered them great acclaim. Will Sharpe stars as Zac Pratt who is in pursuit of his missing sister Alice played by Tiani Ghosh, who along with Kingsley also wrote the script. Kinglsey and Sharpe manage to continue their successfully trajectory, by insightfully portraying the realness between sibling relationships, through the use of parallel storytelling and intricate blending of camera styles.

We find Zac in a constant state of panic; frantically on the search for Alice who along with her partner Toby took their narrow boat and sailed it down the Regents canal, never to be seen again. Zac becomes single-minded in his quest and decides to film his search uploading videos on YouTube, detailing his hunt for Alice up and down the country's canals and it is through this footage that we get to see the majority of the film.

Kingsley and Sharpe add another layer to the plot, through continuous flashback from the past, giving us access into Zac's and Alice's relationship prior to her disappearance. Through this frequent plot interchange, it transpires that the kooky irresponsible Alice, that we are introduced to at first, is actually just a shy, introverted, well-natured person, who is still morning the loss of her mother. Whilst Zac, who appears to have it all: the job, the money, the girlfriend, the house is in fact a repressed control freak. As the film unfolds we see thing flip as Zac's life slowly unravels, whilst Alice's sees to be coming together, as she meets Toby, falls in love, moves on to a boat house and finds a career purpose of sorts.

Initially Zac charges on with finding Alice with the same determination and pathos that he previously dealt with things, but not till the final quarter of the film when he breaks down and admits to his transgressions. In the end Zac's mission turns out not to be so much about finding Alice, but more about him coming to terms with his life, his choices, his behaviour and his loss. This bullish, domineering attitude comes head to head with all his suppressed feelings.

It is not until a recollection of dinner scene in the final minutes on Alice's narrow boat, that it is revealed that Zac and Alice had actually patched things up and that he was fully aware that she was taking off with Toby on a trip. Which does raise the question: what was Zac's intention when searching for Alice, as technically he knew that she is away and not missing. The element loosely explored; Zac's mental well being, which is perhaps the underlying theme of the whole film.

There were specific moments in the film however which were a bit jarring, which touched the fringes of amateurism. Precisely in two instances; the two dream sequence scenes which seemed to be brushed with an unflattering rose tinted black and white scenes. Compared to the rest of the film, the scenes felt a low budget, out of context and out of place.

The continuous change of filming style; camera phone to YouTube video footage and then straight to professional camera shots add a sense of realism. So real at points, that you wonder if you are watching a performative documentary by Zac, which in a way it is but in a context of a film. The realism is also attributed to the dialogue and the actors abilities, which hints at some degree of improvisation; it felt very physical, impulsive and highly convincing. Sharpe and Ghosh are brilliant as the two siblings, with Ghosh stealing the show with her portrayal of Alice making her so unique and making it look like playing her was effortless and natural.

The Darkest Universe is a very simple story that Kingsley and Sharpe manage to shape into something complex, cute and original; a brilliant UK indie flick about familial relationships, loss and finding oneself.