A large black box crashes through the sky, landing on a man's head. He spends months recovering, having lost all memory. After a multi-million pound settlement, he becomes increasingly extravagant in enacting fragments of memory.
Hit by a falling object in a freak accident, an unnamed man awakens from a coma with £8.5m in compensation and his memory gone. All that remains is a fragmentary image - a small boy at the top of a stairwell in an old house, reaching out his hand to an old lady on the floor below - which the man physically reconstructs in the hope of triggering a more complex memory. Using his wealth, the man acquires a block of apartments and populates it with actors to play out the scene again and again and again. But as scraps of other memories present themselves and the man becomes ever more desperate to reconnect to life, his re-enactments grow increasingly complicated and risky, leading him to an unsolved crime and the secret of his undoing.Written by
After a promising first half, the movie lost steam. The ending insults our logic, given that this is no SciFi story about time travel paradoxes
Saw this at the Leiden International Film Festival 2016 (LIFF). First half was promising and gripping, the second half lost steam (can happen), but alas the ending was totally unsatisfactory as it undoes all of what happened before. Of course, rebuilding your past from a few vague memories, uncertain who you can trust and who is only interested in your money, is a daunting task. That is even so while owning the 8.5 million he had received as compensation, allowing him a "spare no expenses" approach. I found it a disappointment that beginning and ending seemed to bite each other's tails, especially as this movie is not marked as Sci-Fi and is not in the business of time paradoxes and related issues with time travel explored in other stories (is the last sentence a spoiler??). As presented here in this movie, what we see is utterly impossible as well as an insult to our logic.
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