1) PLOT ISN’T SO OBVIOUS
2) GRITTY, IF NOT LIKEABLE MAIN CHARACTER
4) INTELLIGENT INTRODUCTION TO QUANTUM THEORY
1) DETAIL ERRORS
This is a very good film as long as you prefer content and thought provoking to the usual mindless violence and explosions associated with science fiction films. I’ve turned away from mainstream Hollywood films for the past 7 or 8 years. Most US made films are full of needless gun violence, devastation and explosions with no research based events (e.g. running away from a 10kg bomb explosion). I’ve started finding films which have more substance and better production values and these sorts of films are generally served up by “world cinema’. So it was a great, and pleasant surprise to find a US produced film that really gets you thinking.
This film is based around how we perceive time. That’s all I will say for fear of ruining your watching enjoyment. Ignore the low scores. These are from people, with the greatest respect, prefer to have everything explained, a linear plot and masses of explosions, car chases and gun fights. I don’t mind those things if they’re in the context of the film. However, this film leaves a lot more to the imagination, probably to do with its relatively low budget. If you are aware of Schrödinger’s cat, the film will resonate with you.
The main character, Alex, is believable and over time gains your sympathy. The main female character, Rebecca, is much less likeable and that is the intention of the scriptwriter. There are a few detail errors, borne out of the usual lack of research or general knowledge. The main one for me is the fact that the scriptwriter, producer or whomever doesn’t know that if your mobile phone is connected to the cellular network, i.e. it has signal, your exact position can be triangulated. This is because at any one time your phone is being pinged by at least 3 mobile cells. The strength of the response determines your distance from the cells. Thus the only way to avoid being located is to remove your battery from your phone completely. Of course, most smartphones have built-in batteries, so bad luck on that. Leaving your phone on in your house when you go out is the best way! Additionally, most cars, certainly German ones for the last 10-15 years have in built GPS, so bad luck on that too! It’s a minor gripe, but when you bother to make a film based on quantum theory, it’s not that hard to realise the provable rather than realise the difficult to prove. One other thing: if there’s a secret facility, any access points are going to be covered with alarms and CCTV.
Don’t let those gripes put you off, though. The film really is worth a watch and don’t worry about the lack of special effects. The effects they produce are low rent, but they signify events and your imagination will fill the rest in. All in all, I highly recommend this film. WATCH IT, IT’S DOTTORE APPROVED!
(OTHER FILMS I’D RECOMMEND AVAILABLE ON AMAZON PRIME, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
FOUR LIONS, WISH YOU WERE HERE, PINCH, SALYUT 7, MAGPIE, FURIOUS, THE MAJOR, AND HAVE A LOOK THROUGH MY PREVIOUS REVIEWS OF FILMS).