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Upstream Color (2013)Upstream Color (2013)

Upstream Color (2013)

Drama, Romance, Science Fiction

6.9

movie

United States of America

English

Mind-blowing, Original, Thought-provoking

2013

Shane Carruth

Amy Seimetz, Andreon Watson, Andrew Sensenig

96 min

Synopsis

A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the lifecycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.

Our Take

6.9
Jamie Rutherford

Nine years after his out-of-nowhere, mind-bending premier Primer, writer/producer/director/ star Shane Carruth returns with this exponentially more challenging feature—a neo sci-fi/drama/romance/thriller quite nearly impossible to describe effectively in words. Ostensibly focused upon a woman who has been drugged, brainwashed and robbed and is subsequently drawn to an unknown man who has experienced a similar theft, Carruth draws out the drama in a fractured narrative that challenges the viewer to piece together the dream-like story fragments and implications like a complicated puzzle. Certainly not “audience friendly” in any sort of traditional sense, I love how Carruth paints such an elaborate, intelligent tale in such a remarkably original manner. If this is the future of film, I’m definitely on board.

Comments

D
DannyMcO

Lushly filmed, surreal, complicated.

This is a movie with dense imagery and a plot that isn’t spoon-fed.

If you like your movies complicated, this is maybe one for you.

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