The best and the last of Carruth.
Carruth could have been the next Aronofsky. His 3 scripts (unreleased) following the success of “Primer” gave him access to assemble casts including the biggest names in Hollywood.
But Carruth didn’t ‘play ball’ and through his own actions, blacklisted himself from the industry. Instead of a 9 digit budget film, we get “Upstream Color”, a movie that pushes allegories to their logical paroxysm, and delivers a powerful , hypnotic narrative mixed with fantastic visuals not dissimilar from the best Gaspar Noe has to offer.
Overall, it’s his master piece, and my understand it will be his last film. On one hand, it’s hard to let go of ‘what could have been’ – especially when “UC” drops hints at that parallel history, ironically self-referencing his other , unseen and uncreated works.
A master piece that can only be truly appreciated on the Silver Screen.
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.
What did you think? Who should watch it?