An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.
At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.
As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.
A crash landing leaves Kitai Raige and his father Cypher stranded on Earth, a millennium after events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help.
A giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampage the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike fails, it is up to a team of scientists and one clever exterminator to kill the creature before the city is destroyed.
The cinematography for the live-action scenes is by Michal Englert, the Polish cameraman who recently won the Sundance Festival's Best Cinematography award for his work on Jacek Borcuch's Lasting. See more »
Just look at the poster or read the IMDb plot, and you probably want to watch The Congress. I found it promising, and the viewing was indeed promising for a while... until the story jumped into the future.
After a series of acted scenes, some very good, some not so very good but still good enough, the story skips 20 years. That's already a bit disappointing because that cuts out the introductory theme - an actress being replaced by a virtual copy of herself. What's worse, the real Robin then moves into an animated world. And, unfortunately, she stays in it for a long long time.
There are 2 main problems to follow, or simply enjoy, the rest of the story.
First, I now feel completely disconnected. Not having taken any drugs myself, I can enjoy for a while the beautiful pictures, but since anything can and does happen at any time, my brain starts thinking about something else to keep itself busy. I find nothing interesting in following someone else's hallucinations. To the point where, for the first time in my long life of watching animations, I wish I could fast forward and see if we finally go back to a real world at some point.
Foremost, when I try to consider the events as if really happening (which of course I did), I end up in a completely impossible world. If Robin is really walking, driving, meeting people with altered perceptions, how does she not car crash or fall from heights ? How do people recognise each other if everyone sees things their own way ? How do people eat, wash, physically survive if they are constantly out there ? What's the point for the corporation to produce the drug, if to lose customers forever ? I assume the leaders themselves do not use their drug (we don't see them, we see what she sees), but why did Robin take the drug in the first place, swallowing it just like that despite her being clean and dedicating her life to her son in need ? Et caetera, et caetera.
Once again, an anticipation story that shows us a world that cannot function. Or the K.Dick-like dreams of a comatose Robin after she crashed her Porsche into a desert rock, or a boat, or a giant white rabbit, or whatever. Either way, not as engaging a story as it should have been.
Maybe I should rate it lower than average... but I still find the Congress worth watching at least once.
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