I watched this movie because it was new at the time on Netflix, and I had to review a current film for my podcast. I therefor went in relatively blind. This review might contain slight spoilers.
The movie is about a woman that wakes up in a Futuristic medical pod. She has lost her memory and most uncover who she is and how to save herself before the medical pod runs out of oxygen.
This is a Sci-fi mystery movie, and it carries both roles only half well. The Sci-fi aspect comes from the fact the main character is stuck in a futuristic medical pod that has a computer installed called M. I. L. O. The computer system is more or less just Seri that can google whatever the main character needs. M. I. L. O as a plot device was really clever implemented. Not only does it give us a character the main character can talk too, but the way he works also makes it entirely up to the main character to work out the mystery. When she puts two and two together, she now can make a better google search in order to uncover the truth. M. I. L. O can not comment nor help her with solving the puzzle, he can only follow orders. This made it so more satisficing when the main character figured something out. Mélanie Laurent is more or less the only character we see and hear from. I think she could carry the role, but there were instances where I thought the movie was patted out with her being sad, and that sometimes made her preformance fell one-noted. Can we by the way get Mathieu Amalric as a Seri voice? Such a nice and soothing voice!
The main problem comes from the location aspect and the mystery aspect of the movie. The location is more or less only the medical pod. Don't get me wrong, I love one location movies. I think it can create a great focus on the character we are watching instead of working on establishing worldbuilding. The problem here is that the pod quickly wears of as an interesting location, and the main charecter is not interesting enough to carry the movie. You quickly get the layout of the pod and the camera can only do so much to make it interesting. While it creates a sometimes claustrophobic look, it also sometimes feel like the pod is giant. There was a very beautiful transitional-shot towards the end just to say the camera crew clearly know what they are doing, but don't get a lot to work with.
What the movie does les well to me is when it gets towards the middle and end. The start of the movie is the strongest part of it, but after a while the movie kinda runs out of tricks and mysteries and I was looking at the timer multiple times to find out how much was left of the movie. The movie tries to make a loot of schocking revelations, but they never really hit me as shocking. I quickly moved on from the revelations and even caught myself saying "So?" aloud to myself. Some of the set-ups to the mystery also has bad payoffs. You get a clue early on and layer it so you can use it in the puzzle, and then when it doesn't really make the puzzle look any better you just ask yourself "why did I save this piece for so long?" this is, among others, in relation to a clue such as Léon is working with helicopter leaves. The payoff to this is just not good.
It also have some scary aspects to it, and here it does not stick to that genre either. It seems like the movie has multiple identitycrises doing it´s runtime and If it just stuck to one them it would feel more complete. Not a big fan of the ending either. It kinda made the movie seem pointless, as well as most of the moral dilemmas presented in the movie.
Overall, I did not really enjoy my time with this movie, it seemed like it did not really know what It wanted to be, so it just became everything. It seemed like a movie without purpose or moral and kinda just went by. Even though I found the beginning of the movie strong, it simply does not save the rest of the runtime. I really don't know who I should recommend this to at all so I will end this by saying, it´s a too long movie with an identity crisis, too small scale to call it anything special yet too big for what it´s trying to do. The movie fells like it has a lot of cogs turning but it doesn't.
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