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Anna (2013)

Mindscape (original title)
R | | Drama, Thriller | 6 June 2014 (USA)
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A man with the ability to enter peoples' memories takes on the case of a brilliant, troubled sixteen-year-old girl to determine whether she is a sociopath or a victim of trauma.

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In the near future or an alternate reality, there are memory detectives, people who have the ability to enter other peoples' electronically aided memories. They often are used to resolve psychological conflicts, and sometimes to exonerate someone from a crime. John was at one time the top in this field but he has been recovering from the death of his wife, and a stroke. To get back into work the head of the small firm he works for offers him what is supposed to be a simple job, getting 16 year old Anna to start eating again. However, the "simple job" turns into his most challenging. Written by Qfal

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The skyline from the start of the movie, when they are walking along the water, is from Montreal city. The POV is from the south shore. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie when a woman is trying to get away from a man in her house, she goes into the bathroom, and as she shuts the door the sliding bolt, which is pretty small, appears to come off in her hand as the camera moves elsewhere. See more »

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Anna: I'm not a sociopath, but I'm smart enough to think like one.
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written by Natalia Safran and Mikolaj Mick Jaroszyk
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I'll look at your memories, if you look at mine.
10 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The preposterous is something many filmmakers today take for granted. I keep smelling an air of carelessness in the plots of many of TV programs and films that reveal a disdain storytellers have for their audience. Maybe they think that since moviegoers spend a billion on seeing The Avengers, Harry Potter & Pirates of the Caribbean, they must be willing to buy anything. I sincerely thought that style of filmmaking went into the production of Anna...

John Washington is a "Memory Detective". He does some type of Star Trek mind meld with crime victims, in order to... well, that's one of the fuzzy things that the storytellers never really firm up. Does he go into the minds of these victims to recover lost memories like license plate numbers, or phone numbers? Of course that theory is blown out of the water with the first scene when he goes deep into the plight of a survivor of an assault, so that he can...well, again, they never really address why. But it's a salacious assault. And it looks good cinematically.

While John is peeping in on that assault, his "memories intrude". He remembers that his wife died…not of an assault, but hey. His intrusive memories cause him to have a stroke, and he's out of the game for months. He is "lucky" to get his next assignment: making a sixteen year old girl end her hunger strike.

Why they would call in a "Memory Detective" and not a counselor is up for debate. Are hunger strikes now a crime? But enter John Washington who mind melds with Anna, a troubled girl who has troubled girl issues – Sex, Drugs, Money and Art – that play well cinematically. John memory reads her, and finds after a good thirty minutes of story that a crime might have occurred. Perhaps the "Memory Detective" Agency's motto is if you look hard enough, everyone has committed a crime.

Actually, if they had gone into depth on a story such as everyone commits crime, this would have been a better film. Or maybe if they would have expanded on the sub-plot that memories aren't very reliable, a good sci-fi story could have come into play. Or maybe if they would have gotten rid of that last twenty minutes, this wouldn't have been such an awful film. But neither the director, Jorge Dorado, nor the writers, Guy Holmes and Martha Holmes thought to do this.

It's a mystery where this film takes place, both in time and location. They have very American looking shots of skyscrapers and bridges. (They filmed in Spain.) A scandal brews over an affair of a Senator – but we don't know if he's a U.S. Senator. The writers never give us any concept of how the "Memory Detective" came to be accepted by the courts. But we find out from a hokey newscast that "Memory Detectives" are treated as star investigators, even though in the same newscast it is pointed out that these star detectives "aren't as reliable as DNA".

No. Really?


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