Friday, May 31 2013, 12:15 PM MDT
Blu-ray Review: Upstream Color
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Drama, Sci-fi
Street Date: May 7, 2013
Available On: DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Synopsis: Kris is the latest victim of a thief who uses a powerful drug to temporarily reprogram his targets to willingly give him access to their finances. The drug has a lasting side effect that connects those that have taken it in an almost unperceivable way.
Recommendation: Director/writer Shane Carruth (Primer) takes us on another journey into the realm of micro-budgeted sci-fi drama. Carruth, who also served as the film’s cinematographer, has crafted a beautiful film with visuals reminiscent of Emmanuel Lubezki’s work for The Tree of Life. His script is a little convoluted as it juggles multiple characters in a heavily-layered plot. The film is certainly emotionally evocative, but when it comes to determining exactly Carruth is trying to say things aren’t very clear. Even after Carruth explained certain aspects of the film following a Sundance Film Festival screening I still had questions, questions that might never be answered.
If you’re in the mood for an intelligent and experimental substitute to the summer blockbuster films Upstream Color is a safe bet.
-Ryan Michael Painter