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A Reasonable Hypothesis (2004)

A suicidal young man finds himself a prisoner in a nightmarish hospital in this pitch-black sci-fi fever dream about human cloning.


Jack Ferry


Jack Ferry


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Credited cast:
Joe McClean ... Michael
Brian Tom O'Connor Brian Tom O'Connor ... Doctor
Cheryl Morrier Cheryl Morrier ... Nurse
James E. O'Donnell Jr. James E. O'Donnell Jr. ... Priest
Jo Barrick Jo Barrick ... Mother
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Tim Connerty Tim Connerty ... Young Michael


Michael has just woken into his nightmare. For years he has been plagued with psychotic visions of unthinkable medical experiments being performed on him. After a failed attempt at suicide, his mother takes the young boy to a priest for guidance. The strict confines of his faith only add to his unrest, as his psychosis worsens. At eighteen, he drowns himself in his bathtub. He awakes, only to find himself in the hospital of his nightmares. Once he gains enough strength, he struggles to escape. Trying to avoid the doctor and nurse from his dreams, he stumbles upon another patient, brain dead and on a respirator. To his horror, the body appears to be his, down to the scar on his wrist from his first suicide attempt. Michael soon discovers that the body on life support is his own, and that he has awakened in the body of his clone. Desperate and confused, he tries to escape from the labyrinthine hospital, holding out hope that he may just awaken from this terrible dream. Written by Jack Ferry

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Has science found the path to immortality?


Sci-Fi | Short



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Release Date:

4 April 2004 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$40,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Very impressive debut
13 September 2004 | by terrapin-8See all my reviews

Jack Ferry's _A Reasonable Hypothesis_ is a smart and exciting sci-fi thriller. Taking on the issue of cloning, the film's thematic content challenges viewers without being heavy-handed or preachy. The dialogue is genuine but, as in all good thrillers, does not get in the way of the images. Ferry and dp Toshiro Yamaguchi create a unique not-to-distant dystopia that is reminiscent of Michael Radford's _1984_ and, at times, Terry Gilliam's _Brazil_. Sci-fi fans will love this short, but so will viewers who appreciate talented film-making.

The film is perfectly paced and well acted. From its opening images, the viewer is caught up in the protagonist's confusion. Ferry does not let up until the film's final images, where a darkly humorous conclusion leaves the viewer with more questions than answers. Overall, this project is very impressive. I look forward to seeing more from Ferry and his production team.

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