Set in Catalonia, Painless weaves two stories: in one, starting during the Spanish Civil War and running through to the '60s, an asylum attempts to rehabilitate children who feel no pain, ... See full summary »
Seeking a new laboratory to pursue his controversial genetic research, Dr Geoff Burton takes up a position at the world-renowned Institute for Molecular Cell Biology & Genetics in wintry Dresden, Germany. His contribution to their most top-secret project - a human regeneration gene - has the potential to make something miraculous out of a personal tragedy that has haunted him for years. But when he uncovers a conspiracy amongst his colleagues, he finds instead something quite different: a terrifying new virus, with potentially devastating consequences for humanity - and for Geoff, who is not only its first victim, but its unwitting source. Written by
You know, mosquitoes, bed bugs, fleas, ticks - they all carry disease, yes? But instead of spreading sickness, why not change the formula. Make them carry genetically modified viruses? Anti-genes to our own plan. Imagine using this in the Third World; in Africa. They're going to be bitten anyway. Why not let them catch the "malaria vaccine", instead?
Hmm. But then you would first have to invent a "malaria vaccine", right?
You don't think it's possible?
I didn't say that.
You know Stalin, Mao ...
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Definitely a far underrated movie. I guess it's not finding its audience, probably disappointed horror-fans expecting a straight genre movie are giving bad votes. It takes a while to establish it's world, but then it all contributes to a smart and dense thriller-drama. The way the personal destiny of the main character and the realistic experimental genetics in the movie are connected is not only fully believable and moving, but develops an intriguing and threatening dimension. Aesthetically and technically the film is pretty up to date, pacing and camera-work is remarkable, Michael Eklund's lead performance is outstanding. I can recommend that one.
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