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quietearth [Celluloid 10.08.08] movie review scifi drama

Year: 2008
Release date: Unknown
Director: Chris LaMont
Writers: Chris LaMont & Craig Belanger & Jay Holben
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Trailer: link
Review by: quietearth
Rating: N/A

I'm still unsure of what to make of this film. It seems to be stuck somewhere between the teenage wastelands of the 80s and bizarro world. While excellently done, the movie has been sitting on the shelf since the Parker Lewis Can't Lose Days, that is until they could achieve the desired special effects. This makes it something of a rarity: it has an 80s feel, both musically and sartorially, but set against the backdrop of a dystopic futuristic society. It's this oddness which defies any type of rating so I'm leaving it blank, but I would still recommend it and like to see a sequel or someone steal the ideas used in this.

The opening credits are set against the backdrop of submerged skyscrapers. The CGI used here is not very good, but you get the point, the polar ice caps are melting due to global warming. People live on increasingly less land, so two families share a single apartment, rotating on shifts, all under the watchful eye of big brother. There's even a convenient buzzer built into the wall which reminds you when switchover will be coming to your grimy, dinghy little abode. Unfortunately, there's not much beyond this about the world the film is set in, and it's really the coffin for the psycho-drama played out by Stewart (Corin Nemec).

Stewart likes women. Stewart also likes fantasizing about a perfect family, Leave it to Beave style. Stewart is also completey ****ing ape****. In the beginning, we see a nice diner date between Stewart and Susan. It's brightly lit and the conversation is natural, but within a few minute this vision disappears and is replaced by Susan being strangled on a pile of garbage. Stewart sneaks past some cops and drags her body home to join the other corpses he's left lying around. His parents play along as he wants to have a birthday party for his father, and the whole story switches back and forth between drab and psychotic reality to the Ozzy and Harriet show. Needless to say, Stewart is losing marbles he doesn't have.

Now that I've explained all this, I wonder what the point of this film was? Just a psychotic story or something about the breakdown of the world, society, and the family unit as a whole? I can only guess, but I loved the backstory and wish I could of seen more of the world outside. Maybe we can talk Chris into a sequel, or at least a storyline based on the same world.

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Jay (13 years ago) Reply

Although the idea may be slightly interesting, this movie is just plain CRAP! This is the type of low-budget film that gives independent films a bad rap. The acting was almost ok, so I'll give it a 1/2 star rating. The producer and director of this "film" should find a new line of work.

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