Simply amazing. After seeing Personal Shopper, I had a hunch Kristen Stewart can perform great emotion on screen, contrary to my ex-opinion which I got from Twilight. Equals proved me she was born to be an actress. Nicholas Hoult is charming as always. I felt their chemistry, I believed their world, I loved that there wasn't as much political detail of the dystopia. The poetry of love in forbidden Sci-Fi territory.
Clean and smooth set design adds a flavor of contemporary view on futurism, where everything is sterilized and digitized - which goes appropriately with the theme. Main issue is that the story is too thin for hour and half movie - and there are hardly any redeemable factors left since the entire subject is concentrated on complete lack of substance, details or emotion rather than couple of anxious turmoils.
An update on "THX 1138"... But with all the aesthetics (impeccable clothes, sleek hairdos, futuristic spaces and scenarios, framing, colour treatment, soundtrack, etc.) and hotness of the leading couple... I can say this wasn't a delight for my senses. Not the most incredible plot, but who cares?
This seems to reflect more our views on machines (and even AI) than what we now know human emotion might be. The premise collapses on its self. It's outdated, like something from the 1940's. Or something about the rise of AI. Neuroscience tells us, for example, that decisions are emotional, not logical. The impulse to act is emotional. Our "machinery" has emotion built in. When you remove it, we malfunction. (*)
I'd like to congratulate the cinematographer & production designers for their incredible works. Visually, it's an A+ movie, esp thinking about its effort to shoot in different countries just to perfect its cold & futuristic atmosphere. However, the storyline, plot, & pacing are rather boring & very predictable. The direction didn't help too. But, Hoult & Stewart performances are great esp with so many close-up shots.
very pleasing to the eye: 1. asthetics so on point 2. Kristen's hair.. can it be more perfect? don't think so 3. Kristen herself, I mean come on. I am in love. I kinda knew beforehand that the story would be quite thin, basic. I appreciated the atmosphere, the aesthetics and the actors, so yeah not bad though!
Although it had a very interesting premise and story, I felt frustrated with the decisions of the main characters. It was as if they made those choices to because it would make sense, but to drive the story forward. Perhaps trust is not something they encourage in this future world.