Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Upstream Color

Upstream Color is a 2013 Shane Carruth science fiction film about people whose behavior is altered and controlled by a parasite. The plot sounds to me like a horror movie, and I'm not at all sure it isn't. It's an interesting exploration of influence and connection. If you need a clear, linear plot, skip this.

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The New York Times opens by saying it's
a deeply sincere, elliptical movie about being and nature, men and women, self and other, worms and pigs" and concludes with this: "With its fragmentation and mysteries, “Upstream Color” offers itself up as a puzzle as well as a philosophical toy that you can spin and spin until the cafe closes and kicks you into the night.
The Guardian calls it "invigoratingly freaky and strange, with a Death-Valley-dry sense of humour somewhere underneath". Slate offers a FAQ.

Empire Online concludes,
How to sum up? You have to make synapse-spark connections, interpret events to your own satisfaction, pick up visual cues (a long stretch of the film is dialogue-free) and be happy with not knowing all the answers (you know, like in life — but not in most motion pictures). A perfectly judged, strikingly beautiful film, but also a lunatic enterprise which invites — even welcomes — befuddlement as much as wonder. A true original.
Roger Ebert's site says it "might be described as an oblique romantic science-fiction mystery thriller" and that it "one of those movies that you either give yourself over to or resolutely resist. If not understanding something annoys you, you will struggle against it or simply disengage." Rotten Tomatoes has a critics rating of 86%.

8 comments:

  1. Hum. Not sure if I want to see this or not. I am reading a thriller right now I think you might enjoy-The Maze Master by Kathleen O'neal Gear. It's not my usual read, but I think it might be right up your alley. Hope all is well. Hugs-Erika

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    1. Thx! I'm about ready for a library trip, and I'll look for this one :)

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  2. Sounds like a cerebral version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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    1. With pigs. It's a bizarre film.

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  3. I watched about the first 10 minutes and couldn't get into it. I appreciate the review.

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    1. I understand. I like to have an actual plot ;)

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  4. I'll have to try this when I'm in the mood to concentrate--LOL! ;)

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    1. I did need to concentrate. It's challenging when I expect a linear plot and get something like this.... That'll teach me to have expectations, right? lol

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