Anon – Film Review

Rating: 2 / 5 stars

What’s it about?

Anon is a futuristic sci-fi film directed by Andrew Niccol and stars Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried among others.

Set in a future where technology has been successfully implanted into the human mind so as to eliminate anonimity from society, a detective stumbles across a hacker who does not have any digital footprint and is leaving a trail of bodies in her wake. Who is she? And how is she able to subvert the system? And can he stop her from committing more murders? These are some of the questions that the film tries to answer.

What’s Good?

This film has a unique sci-fi concept that takes a while to get used to. The world building about this futuristic society is done well and enhances the viewing experience. As far as the story is concerned, there is a certain element of mystery and intrigue for about half the film that keeps the viewer engrossed out of sheer curiosity.

What’s Not?

As the film crosses the halfway point, we begin to realize where this film is headed. And by the final third act, the proceedings become half baked and the writing amateurish. The mystery element of the story does not last the distance and the story itself feels very simplistic and underwhelming by the end. The main problem here is that inspite of a good sci-fi concept in their hands, the story the makers chose to tell was not enough for a full feature length film.  All in all a disappointing affair!

Performances

There are only two principle characters in the film. Clive Owen is good as always, but the material does not have much for him to do. Amanda Seyfried as the mysterious hacker is basically like a blank slate in most of her scenes, although this is probably the script’s fault rather than hers. Rest of the actors don’t have much to do other than sit around and stare at the camera.

Final Word

A waste of a potentially good sci-fi concept, this film can be watched only if one has nothing else to do.


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