First-time writer and director Robert Mockler does what few can with a camera and a handful of actors. His palette is composed of vibrant neon colors; pink, green, aqua, that look particularly good at night. His imagery is dream-like, an asset he leverages when his characters are under the influence of various substances. Like Me has a commentary on fame, instant gratification, and mental illness.
There’s something wrong with Kiya, played by Addison Timlin, and half the fun is figuring out what that is. She’s the main protagonist, a femme fatale, and she’s either evil or completely nuts. There’s always something interesting to look at, starting with her. She has a thing for masks, a food fetish; she likes to dominate, torture, and drug her victims. She’s the perfect girlfriend!
Now, at several occasions, I felt Mockler wanted me to experience untapped emotions I wasn’t comfortable with. Did he really ask me to sympathize with a ruthless sociopath? Was I supposed to feel guilt for being aroused so many times? I was bombarded with concepts I couldn’t easily manage. I was challenged, frustrated, but I was entertained all the way through.