Director: Ari Folman
Writer: Ari Folman
Based on: Stanislaw Lem‘s novel The Futurological Congress
Cast: Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm, Paul Giamatti, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny Huston, Sami Gayle, Michael Stahl-David, Michael Landes, Sarah Shahi
Robin Wright (Robin Wright) is an actress past her prime who lives with her two children Aaron (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Sarah (Sami Gayle) near an airport. Her agent Al (Harvey Keitel) does his best for her, but he has seen better times, too. So when Robin gets the chance to get on the next technological step and scan herself entirely so that a CGI version of herself will do all her acting for her, she takes it despite her trepidations. But technology doesn’t end there.
This movie is a mess. And not a beautiful one either, but one that, after a great start, leaves you confused and bored.
I really enjoyed the first third or so of the film. The part where Robin Wright tries to get her career back on track, which really isn’t easy as a middle-aged woman. With agent Harvey Keitel who is a relic of old times in the business himself and tries his best to help Robin anyway, even if helping sometimes means being a complete asshole. I would have loved to watch an entire film about the two of them.
But then the movie suddenly veers off into animation. And while I did like the idea and the concept that there’s a drug that makes people experience the world as if it was animated, that was the point where the movie stopped trying to make the least bit of sense.
And I will freely admit that I’m not good with movies that don’t make that much sense and that are like a drug-fueled hallucination for most of the time, but there’s drug logic and then there’s just no logic whatsoever. And this film sits firmly in the latter category, which might be fine during the animated parts but when we return to the real world, and the entire structure behind that is explained, it should make a bit of sense, but it doesn’t.
Add to that that I thought the animation was shoddily done and not particularly aesthetic and that the film was just plain boring and I can’t really recommend it at all, despite the cool start.
Summarizing: What the everloving fuck? Just no.