A24 really wanted this buried, eh?
It's pretty much the same "Nic Cage gets vengeance for a murdered love one" narrative that has filled his slate for the last six years, but acid washed with some brilliant style. The soundscape was the real star of the show for me, especially the brilliant score and some of the trippier auditory elements.
However, I had the worst cinema experience ever, with a theatre laughing constantly at every little thing. This movie is like a tone poem, a death…
Shane Carruth's previous film, Primer, is a very clinical and cold film, yet nine years later he returns with Upstream Color, a film grounded in emotion and warmth. This is a film with a love story at its core, and like Primer, the science fiction elements are secondary to the exploration of the character's relationship. Since this film hasn't reached a wide release yet, I will spend the first paragraph addressing why one should see it, without spoilers, and then…
You know a movie is incredibly fucking terrifying when everyone in the theatre is dead silent. Nobody is on their cell-phone. You can't even hear the munching of popcorn. Finally it reaches a point where several audience members begin to break out in awkward laughter--not because something in the film is cheesy, funny, or stupid, it is because they have realized that a movie has made them reach the point of complete terror and they are laughing to let their…