“You are probably wondering why I keep appearing in your memories, John. It is because I have inserted myself into them. ” – Dr. Schreber
Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Jul 2014)
Brief Synopsis – A man awakens in a city where some things are familiar and others are not. Along with a detective and a woman who says she’s his wife, he tries to uncover what is truly happening.
My Take on it – I recently came across this movie having never heard of or seen this before.
The idea is quite original and the world that the characters live in is an amazing amalgam of sci-fi and noir.
I like how we are kept in the ‘dark’ about what is happening just like the characters and the slow revelations of info is welcoming because it doesn’t feel the need to rush things.
The significance of memories and questioning what is our true reality are wisely used in this movie, giving us more of a glimpse into what the characters could be feeling.
Roger Ebert hailed this movie as the best movies of the year in ’98 and as one of the best of that decade. I gotta admit tho that as much as I enjoyed this movie, there were parts that didn’t work as well for me and perhaps even detracted from the movie instead of raising it up.
There are similarities between themes of this movie and The Matrix (1999) which came out a year later. This fact even helped me understand and appreciate more many of things that we done here.
Bottom Line – Very original idea that makes one think a lot about the importance of memories and what they mean to us. Reminiscent of aspects of The Matrix (1999). Liked the mix of noir and sci-fi. Recommended!
Rating – Globe Worthy
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It stars Richard O’Brien, creator of The Rocky Horror Show and presenter of The Crystal Maze. That should be enough to recommend it!
If only it was so easy to recommend a movie based solely on one of its actors. ..
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