A true experiment. What if you had access to hundreds of thousands of hours of completely random surveillance footage and then decided to craft a densely plotted, ultra-pulpy narrative using essentially two VO actors to shape a chaotic story reflecting on the intersection of violence + technology. The result is a dazzling and digestible piece of cinema. A vivid snapshot of 2010's China. [Trigger warning: snuff film.]
[Porto/Post/Doc'17] Even though it is a bold idea and a pretty interesting cinematic experience, the storyline is poor and underdeveloped. The twists didn't feel natural, as didn't most of the dialogs. Despite being a fake narrative built from real images, it could have more authenticity and truth.
TIFF17. As much about process as it is about content, and by extension the unseen/'unremarkable' content. I kept picturing the editors spending countless hours watching nothing happen in surveillance footage only for something completely out of the ordinary to take place, apropos of nothing that's happened before. Exemplifies the adage of cinema as "life with the boring parts edited out."