Sit all the way through and I guarantee that it will make just as much sense at the end as it did in the beginning. A confusing take on an alternate universe dystopia where government mind control is fueled by big pharmaceutical companies in order to make a more productive workforce. All said and done the director was savvy in creating a Futuristic Dystopia for College Bros, an under tapped market for Sci-Fi, its just that the completed film is nowhere near as fascinating as that sounds on paper. Well done, I literally could not tear my eyes away from the screen! Unfortunately, it was executed very poorly. A world where night flashes into daylight in the time it takes to walk a driveway, and where punches sound like they're from an smart-phone sound effects application.
But when he's kidnapped by a rebellious priest Richard Hackel , Joshua is exposed to a world beyond Torpase, changing everything he thought he knew about what it means to live. In a dystopian future where pain and emotion have been suppressed by a government-issued drug called Torpase, Joshua Barrett Tommy Martin coasts through the monotony of his repetitive, workaday life. Synopsis In a dystopian future where pain and emotion have been suppressed by a government-issued drug called Torpase, Joshua Barrett Tommy Martin coasts through the monotony of his repetitive, workaday life. Would ring true to real life if there were drugs powerful enough to not need to be supplemented with rampant consumerism. This film begins well and establishes a sense of dreamy despair in its first act through scenes portraying subverted iconic American imagery and a hopelessly medicated population. In defense of the dub I just watched, I think this film takes on a far more sinister vibe in German. All in all I think the Giver took the idea of this film and added all of the missing pieces to make a good film, that being said there is a clear budget difference.
All that is missing is a full on game of Beer-Pong. I waited bewildered for some lucid thought to weave this into a coherent plot, but no you guys rode it out to the closing credits. The acting punctuated the overall lack of talent of direction. . The voice actors bring real life to the roles and the authoritarian parallels add a sense of dread surrealism I can only imagine is completely missing in the original English version. So, as you can imagine this is as real as it gets.
I can not recommend it though the idea behind it was good. In fact, the second act is populated with scenes of Bro-ing out at campfire parties, drinking from red solo cups, and even includes a cheerful deprogramming montage set to an original soundtrack in the style of a John Mayer or Dave Mathews album. I am sad to say that this film is not watchable due to the acting and direction quality. But when he's kidnapped by a rebellious priest Richard Hackel , Joshua is exposed to a world beyond Torpase, changing everything he thought he knew about what it means to live. However it loses it's tonal focus in the middle, where interestingly enough the movie includes scenes of what may be the first extant examples of a new sub-genre of Speculative Fiction: The Bro-topia. As a subdued entry into the genre that establishes its own quirky territory and because of it's strong opening, there is enough here to bemuse the curiosity of Dystopian film collectors but others may find this Rx hard to swallow.
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