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It seems that people now channel surf YouTube like we used to do the television. Clicking through one channel after another something managed to hold your attention sufficiently for you to continue watching. I admit to having the custom to do this or winding down before sleep. I was seemed to be drawn to those top 10 list that are widely proliferated on the net. Once a video was labeled ‘the top 10 science fiction movies that are must-see but frequently not’. I like to see just how many of the films on these lists in my library. This particular video escort 10 out of 10 more commonplace now because of collecting high-quality movies thanks to streaming video and Blu-ray. What this particular list did for me personally with them remind me of several films that have greatly enjoyed but have not revisited in quite a while. Seeking to rectify this the first I selected some the consideration here, ‘Upstream Color’. It was felt that having been on that list as it is considerably more esoteric offerings in the genre. Fundamentally this movie can be considered an alien abduction flick is so marvelously crafted that it transcends what normally comes to mind when you think of this type of film becomes a sterling example of the robust nature of independent film crucial to the vitality of the cinematic arts. Made for about $50,000 and easily earned 10 fold that amount in domestic box office. Success that is important about this movie is not a financial return imaginative use of imagery to try to very simple, high concept plot something that you never quite seen before. This undoubtedly result of the artistic and professional qualifications of the leading man and lady. Directed and written by Shane Carruth and costarring Amy Seimetz the movie is a collaboration between two exceptionally talented people who are completely devoted to all aspects of filmmaking.

Kris (Amy Seimetz), is a young woman out for a night of entertainment at a club when she is incapacitated with the Taser and abducted. The man performing these heinous acts is not only by his listing the credits, the Thief (Thiago Martins), then proceeds to administer a drug in a very unusual looking capsule. Its effects are rapid in their onset using a hypnotic state that leaves Kris overly susceptible to her captor. The Thief praise upon her complete lack of will by having her create a paper chain with each link bearing a quote from Henry David Thoreau’s book ‘Walden’. This is only a diversion while he proceeds on his real purpose; complete control of her mind. But, The Thief manipulates Kris into liquidating the equity in her home and later into stealing a rear set of corns. The control exerted by the man is so complete is able to prevent her from consuming solid food. Instead she is given only a few sips of a drink that she’s convinced is exceptionally nutritious and satisfying. She is also given. Thousands of the original drug is now revealed to contain a live larva. Insect is found on the leaves of a beautiful blue tinged orchid that The Thief cultivates. The mystery deepens as he allows her to finally been on all the food he could eat to satisfy the hunger resulting from the absence of food and also the fact that the longer been infected with ringworm that is triggered by her captor. Afterwards, Kris falls asleep in her stained and soiled clothes. When she awakens she is back home and horrified that she can see the ringworm writhing on the skin. Horrified he tries to remove them with a kitchen knife.

This movie expertly draws you in to the enigmatic situation that is as mysterious to the audience as it is to Kris. By not providing the viewers with any substantially crucial information you are in an ideal position physiologically to readily form a bond with the character, when dealing with such a surreal context it is critical to provide a means to stabilize the relationship between audience and characters. By encouraging the audience into an empathic position there is an emotional state that is understandable to the viewers. If that goal was not achieved the escalating mystery that is about to happen would be useless. A man call ‘The Sampler’ (Andrew Sensenig), apparently a pig farmer, is able to command Kris to come to him by deploring an infrasonic signal that draws the subcutaneous ringworms. Once at the farm The Sampler transfuses the Kris with the pig in order to infect it. Upon returning home she becomes aware of the deshelled condition of her home and blood stains on her sheets. Her first reaction to contact the police is quelled when she realizes she has nothing tangible to relate. When Kris tries to purchase groceries she discovers her bank account has been completely depleted. With only fragmented memories of the truth Kris can try to attribute the loss of her money to identity theft.

The next act in this story picks up with Kris one year after Kris’ terrifying experience. While on a train she encounters man, Jeff (Shane Carruth) and they both immediately an inexplicitly mutually attracted. They begin a relationship and are soon sleeping together. In a state of undress, they realize that they both have identical from the porcine transfusion. This initiates recalling each other’s past memories. As it is revealed the pigs infected by Kris and Jeff become attracted to each other. The final act of the movie does reveal the truth behind this convoluted plot but the result is it leaves open to interstation and a deep discussion on culpability and free will. This is what earns this film a place on the aforementioned internet top ten list. One of the greatest benefits of science fiction is its ability to cloak serious issues with a tale of fanciful imagination. This renders the introspective self-examination more palatable by coating it in fiction.

It is certainly understandable that as the closing credits begin to roll that you find yourself baffled, trying to piece together what you have just seen in the form of a logical narrative but it consistently defies submitting to such rationalization. What Mr. Carruth has accomplished was the creation of an experience that demands the viewer to look inward to comprehend what has occurred. Prior to his entrance into filmmaking he was a software engineer, a vocation that demands both the ability to rationally dissect a problem with being able to think out of the box, arrive at novel means of perception. His first movie is a personal favorite of mine,’ Primer’, a captivating tale of time travel that doesn’t attempt to avoid the seemingly mandatory paradoxes but rather fully embrace them, infusing them into the plot as an integral component of its construction. He follows the tradition of the independent auteur by assuming a variety of roles in his movies. A glance at the list of credits will show he served as director, screenwriter, producer, editor and camera/electrical operator, I would not be surprised if he also made sandwiches for craft survives. His most recent works are garnering favorable reactions demonstrating he will become one of the most influential talents in film and cable. He can be seen in the film ‘Swiss Army Man’ which features Daniel Radcliffe as a corpse and as the male lead in Starz’ latest offering, an adaptation of Steven Soderbergh’s film. ‘The Girlfriend Experience’. Amy Seimetz is also a regular in that series as well as possessing an impressive and eclectic list of her own credits. It is true, this movie demands to be a part of any serious collection of movies.

Posted 07/29/2016

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