Quite predictable and tries a bit too hard to be edgy
Main Performer: Clive Owen
Year of Publication: 2018
Submitted by Alex on the 21st May 2018 at 3:14:pm
Company: Sky Cinema
Duration: 100 minutes
Primary language: English
Warning! This review contains spoilers. Don't carry on reading if you plan to watch it, although in all honesty the ending is so predictable that a spoiler isn't even the end of the world.
Clive Owen is great - a borderline quintessentially British bloke, probably a Dad and all-round family man. He gives a stellar performance as Sal Frieland. Amanda Seyfried gives an equally great show as 'The Girl' (she's anonymous you see... and the film is called 'Anon', see what they did there? Clever). But beyond their performances, the film lacks that vibe that keeps you on the edge of your seat - yeah we get it, companies are all up in our collective grills advertising to us all the time, fine. Yeah, technology is getting a bit scary, fine. But there wasn't really enough substance here for a film. The police are trying to catch a killer, same-old-same-old, just throw in a bit of fancy technology where people have computerised graphic-interfaces in their vision, and boom, that's basically the film.
I guessed that Sal would fall for The Girl pretty early on, I guessed that The Girl wouldn't actually be the killer, and I'm guessing many other people could too, so the twist at the end with the killer being some random guy that was hired in the background to monitor what The Girls sees is just a bit of a half-arsed attempt at a twist, and not really much more.
I've been generous with 3 out of 10 because Clive Owen is cool.
Emma - 21st May 2018 - 3:56:pm
You've got a point with this to be honest - I'd actually say that if you're looking for a futuristic thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat, try Clive Owen's other movie, Children of Men. Now that's a good one