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Listening (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 11 September 2015 (USA)
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A team of genius-but-broke grad students invent mind-reading technology that destroys their lives and threatens the future of free-will itself.

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Khalil Sullins

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Khalil Sullins
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Credited cast:
Thomas Stroppel Thomas Stroppel ... David Thorogood
Artie Ahr Artie Ahr ... Ryan Cates
Amber Marie Bollinger Amber Marie Bollinger ... Jordan
Christine Haeberman ... Melanie
Steve Hanks ... Matthews
Arn Chorn-Pond Arn Chorn-Pond ... Head Monk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Alexenko ... Detective
Araceli Almaguer Araceli Almaguer ... Scientist
Dave Bean ... Listener
Sarah Beguiristain Sarah Beguiristain ... Waitress
Pamela Cedar Pamela Cedar ... Sharon
Kalim Chandler Kalim Chandler ... Young Scientist
Timothy Lee Conley Timothy Lee Conley ... Frank
Jonathan Cousens ... Listener (as Jonathan Adam Cousens)
J.R. Craig J.R. Craig ... Police Officer
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A team of genius-but-broke grad students invent mind-reading technology that destroys their lives and threatens the future of free-will itself.

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Cambodia | USA

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11 September 2015 (USA) See more »

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Parts of the Buddhist monk scenes were shot on location at Ankor Watt Temple in Cambodia. See more »

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While sitting on the porch, Jordan's legs go from crossed to uncrossed and then back again. See more »

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Performed by Peter Pastel and The Break Neck Crew
Courtesy of Break Yo' Self Records
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Character study with SciFi Trappings...
12 September 2015 | by stsingerSee all my reviews

"Listening" is a character study that is driven by a sci-fi plot line and is dragged down by unpleasant characters and some confusion. The story involves David and Ryan, two graduate students who are working on creating a device that allows mental telepathy. Instead of explaining this to their professor and working on this potentially historical invention as their thesis with the full backing of the university, they decide - for reasons never explained - to steal a bunch of equipment and hole up in the garage of David's house that he rents with his wife and daughter.

One day, Ryan brings over Jordan, a smoking hot girl he picked up who just also happens to be a brilliant scientific grad student as well. With her assistance, they make a huge breakthrough. However, the amount of time they spend working on the device causes problems with their personal lives and the invention itself has caught the eye of the CIA...

Make no mistake -- "Listening" is not a horror film, it's not really a sci-fi film, it's not really a "warning" film about "Would you want telepathy?" It is about David and Ryan, and everything else is just the conflict these two have to face. But this one fails because of that. The two characters are eminently unlikable, and they make incomprehensible choices and decisions at every single step. Huge questions are put forth and never answered. For example, Jordan has an ability that seems to violate every rule, and when she is asked about this incredibly valuable skill, she dismisses the question and it's never brought up again. It's never explained why the CIA would be so interested, since the covert government program seems to be something very different from what David and Ryan are doing.

The acting is solid, the directing and photography is clean and professional, but I just can't say I enjoyed it enough to recommend. Perhaps that's because I was drawn in by the marketing campaign promising a sci-fi extravaganza.


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