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Plot: Are human conditions, actions, relationships determined by fate, free will, or a combination of both? At any rate, if it we cannot control it - should we care? Runtime: 105 mins Release Date: 23 May 2014
Most Intelligent Philosophical Sci-Fi I Have Seen This Millennium (by christian94)
I saw the world premiere at Fantasia and chatted at length with writer/director/editor/producer Darren Paul Fisher afterwards.The Universe he created and that the viewer slowly discovers is complex, coherent, intriguing and raise ethical and philosophical questions including the classic determinism versus free will dilemma. The arguments and points of view are quite interesting, with a caveat that in the end, perhaps who cares? There is a love story in the midst and a friendship that builds and begs to reach you emotionally with fine acting and directing. Character development arise <more>
seamlessly through three different age period and the pacing and editing are quite remarkably on cue.I don't want to reveal too much about this cerebral science fiction, but there are many clever surprises that awaits the engaged viewer both in the story twists and the underlying concepts explored. Even love has some deep philosophical implications at one point in the context of the film.So there you have it: the best film of Fantasia so far this year and one of the best sci-fi ever, from the spectacular script to the screen.Bravo Mr Fisher and thank you for sharing your thoughts and labour of love in this artistic and philosophical masterpiece.
This is the best movie I've seen in years. Everything is brilliantly conceived and executed -- from the script, to the cinematography, to the casting, to the acting. It's one part science fiction; one part existential philosophy; and two parts, the mad connect-the-dot ramblings of a drug-induced psychotic break. Director Darren Paul Fisher pulled off the combination -- which I refer to as Sci-Phil -- as brilliantly as my favorite director, Darren Aronofsky. Hmm... they're both named Darren. I think I see a pattern beginning to emerge.
Best movie I've seen in years (by nerman-talakic)
The first thing I thought when I started to watch this movie is how it strongly reminded me of another awesome movie called Upside Down so if you like this one you should definitely check out Upside Down. The main reason I gave this movie a 10/10 is because it deals with almost all the philosophical questions I've had in my life and the best part is, it confirms all my viewpoints about fate, destiny, predetermination, luck etc. This is the type of movie that will become a popular reference in the future like the movie Idiocracy did, where people are now pointing out that our society is <more>
heading in the same direction just like it was portrayed in Idiocracy. Call me an idiot but I honestly believe that in the far future this movie will be treated like a documentary and will serve as an example of how our ancestors were on the right path of figuring out the nature of the universe. Unlike the other "intelligent" movies like Enemy, Predestination, Pi etc. where I had trouble to keep up with the story and had to watch it a few times along with those "explained" videos on Youtube, this movie is easy to follow with the only hard part being the end where they explain Theo's story. This movie is gold.
Affinities, Serendipity, Resonance, Universal Code, and more, all in one film. (by Ucare)
Although from the synopsis I thought this was not the kind of film I can enjoy, I decided to watch it after reading the at the moment only review, by Christian. I must say, he was right. This film is great! It had my complete attention from beginning to end. It is funny, original, mysterious, intelligent, intriguing, sweet, sad, mental, philosophical, emotional, from time to time thrilling. There are names of fictional characters which recall names of famous geniuses, and sort of gags/tributes to them, which to be fully enjoyed require you to at least know, for example, who Isac Newton was <more>
and how important for him things like weight/gravity and apples were. And probably if you are a somehow philosophical/mental type you may enjoy some aspects of this film differently. But I am sure that whatever kind of person you are, this film will give you much. And you will not forget it.If the apparently complicated conversations about philosophical themes sometime confuse you, do not try to follow them. They are there to make you smile, so smile of their complexity, and enjoy the whole of the film, the romance, the comedy, the drama, the mystery. This film is really different. Oh. It was a long time that I was not so deeply and lightly and fully and gently pleased by a movie. The actors are also very good.Somehow this film reminds me of "Waking Life" and of "I Love Huckabees", for its mixture of mentality and emotionality and comedy.I do not give it a 10 just because nobody is perfect :D And like Christian wrote: please watch it! Please for you, not for me. Because you will like it. So do not miss this opportunity!
I was skeptical about the ratings on IMDb but I decided to see this because I was looking for something different. I love the way it was told in parts, and how they all fit together. The movie was very smart and the actors and actresses all did an amazing job.It kind of reminds me of the SciFi show Eureka, but with a more darker twist; I liked it. They did a good job with the music and the way they used the sound effects. Very clever camera work when viewing the situation from a certain persons perspective, bland colors vs. good saturation.The movie had a slow build but the wait and the <more>
wonder was completely worth it in the end and it kept me thoroughly intrigued throughout. Great flick, I recommend it.. just bring your thinking caps, this one is for talking about.
In awe of Darren Paul Fisher (by A_Different_Drummer)
Some movies require you to take the "reviewers rule book" and toss it.This is one of them.The writer/director Darren Paul Fisher appears to be one of those rare auteurs who releases a work every four or five years and then disappears or hibernates or goes back to his home planet.This is an extraordinary film. Even now I not sure if this is a love story sugar-coated with one of the most complex metaphysical scripts of all time, or a metaphysical script grounded in a wonderfully odd love story.However, as one of the main characters quips in the very last scene, "Does it even <more>
matter?" The film is mesmerizing and engaging and challenging. It makes the MATRIX look like a Bugs Bunny cartoon. The scenes in the present with the adult cast are perfect and flawless, but the flashbacks with the child actors are beyond even that, they are hypnotic.A great film by a gifted auteur. Memorable. Enjoyable. Astonishing.Highly recommended
If it is true that the position of sub atomic particles can be accurately predicted and it seems to be , and if it is true that we are made of atoms and we are then is stands to reason that we can be predicted as well. And if that is true, then all history - into the future - is waiting for us already. This is one part of the movie. But before that, there is another great science fiction story. And true to the good science fiction that it is, it takes a real observable "fact" of our lives in this case that some people seem to be luckier in most aspects of life than others, being <more>
at the right place at the right time etc and builds it out into a logical conclusion, a little bit beyond "the ordinary" that life usually gives us. And it is well told. The movie starts off a bit slow, but it is used to settle the premise of the story in one's mind, so bear with it. It soon tuns into an intelligent movie that leaves one well satisfied. If you like science fiction not the bang whiz special effects sort, but the sort rooted in ideas and good story telling watch this one.
This movie is pretty savvy to say the least. It's also one of those cases where it merits more than one viewing to fully understand and appreciate what is going on. While the front is a romantic comedy with a Science Fiction touch, the Sci-Fi part is actually a lot bigger than you may think at first. Or maybe you thought about it or read about it already, but whatever the case, experiencing this movie, is a blast to say the least.We have more time-lines and more jumps than some people will be able to handle or even want to handle. There's a point where things can seem to be too much. <more>
And after a couple of twists you may find yourself going "come on". But if you are like me and those other people who loved this, you'll actually be craving for more ... which is something the director is hinting at towards the end ... visually but also in his commentary!
An ambitious philosophical dilemma wrapped in a Sci-fi Romance. (by akash_sebastian)
Writer-Director Darren Paul Fischer's film 'Frequencies' is quite ambitious in nature, not by its budget, but by the number of intriguing themes it explores and way it makes us contemplate on them. The experimental film combines the themes of science fiction and romance to deal with profound philosophical questions.The movie is set in a world where people are born with predetermined frequencies, which signifies one's luck and the rate of success in life. Nature favours high-frequencied people, and when a high born meets a low born, some reaction or disturbance occurs to stop <more>
this. So, many people try to understand the workings of nature and try finding ways which can alter the effect of such laws. This kind of concept doesn't need a big budget, special effects and such, to explore. A riveting story with proper elements can easily do the trick, and that's what Fischer does here.Identity, luck, success, destiny, choice and accidental discovery are just the superficial themes of the film. The underlying themes and questions make the film much more fascinating. Like, one of the main ideas it touches is partial knowledge/information. In the film's story, characters determine solutions to their problems and workings of nature with the help of knowledge partial or specific they have regarding the subject, and with each new discovery of information, the understanding, and thus the solution keeps changing. In the same way, in the three segments of the film, we ourselves see how the revelation of new information makes us see the same scene in a different light. In that regard, the film and its philosophy combine to give us an elegant and artistic puzzle.The casting is good, especially the cute younger versions of the characters. Sometimes, the dialogues seem a bit too expository and there are moments which remind us of the film's low budget, but the underlying philosophical questions keep us engaged enough not to be bothered by such trivial shortcomings. The brilliant cinematography and effective editing also play an important part to make the film tight and gripping. Like, even the varying colour tones of the scenes red being low frequency, and purple being high have meaning, and look beautiful in the storytelling process.There is no question regarding the movie's intellect and scope, but a little more heart and soul would have made it perfect. A little more character depth would have helped as well. But that being said, its themes have been handled well, and for a runtime of 105 minutes, it maintains the right pace and dares to shower us with a bunch of thought-provoking ideas.