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Luis Fernando Peña,
After receiving mysterious empty packages inside his apartment, a young computer-programmer (named Simon) begins a personal investigation into their origins. This leads him to discover his odd and eccentric neighbors; an artificially intelligent robot-head, named Adam; a virtual-reality sex game; and a possible corporate conspiracy. As the story progresses, Simon's grip on reality becomes more and more tenuous, while his craving for Nature Fresh milk becomes almost unbearable. Is it all just in his mind, or is something more sinister happening here?Written by
25 August 2006. This darker Brazil (1985) movie with its creepy but very effective Dark Water (2005) photography and visuals is a colorfully subdued terrifying mystery with a solid and harsh ending. It has the cramped and odd Barton Fink (1991) nightmare going on. What this movie has going for it is a decent underlying technological premise that is contemporary for today and an climatic twist that is consistent with the build-up in the movie. However, the movie itself becomes so absorbed by its absurdity and it begins to wear the audience down while Brazil with its satirical black humor was able to maintain a sufficient balance to compel its audience's interest. Unlike Dark Water that was much more atmospheric and yet straightforward in its impact, One Point O requires its audience to become submerged within its psychic devastated world. Unlike the creative independent Blair Witch Project (1999) where the audience becomes a seemingly vicarious observer, we are asked in this movie to become part of the crazy paranoid world from within. Unlike the light and generally uplifting you are there inside one's mind of Brainstorm (1983), the audience in this movie almost needs to take anti-psychotic medication to enjoy and appreciate the movie. Perhaps the art has become too real for an audience. Seven out of Ten Stars.
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