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309124.1111

Shane Carruth's second movie is the most modern science-fiction film of the century. 50s paranoia is explored through a bodysnatching, equity stealing criminal empire involving invasive worms, soul-hosting pigs and a silent, landscape audio-recording villain. Those under his spell become societal outcasts, and it slyly pegs our era as restrictive as the 50s, maybe worse. Victims are freed from their immersion in capitalism, yet they become slaves to both memories of loss, and their own damaged biology that's been symbiotically chained elsewhere. Carruth makes able use of 'now' travelling, tele-porting victims hunt their captor once they've discovered his harmonic output. Their zombie-like state reverses the genre's usual black-and-white territorializing. Archetypes are modernized into undetectabilty. Finally the flipside to absolutist currencies (like Walking Dead) arrives to yank us off-signal. Here the zombies revolt against their captors while remaining subtly haunted victims. And on that memory tangent, Thoreau's Walden is used ably as both a tool of enslavement and the lost chance for biocracy. And Hollywood should be scared, the revolt is original, complex and emotional. Somebody hand him a credit line. Now! On-demand beginning May 7. P.S: 'upstream' is a term in neuroscience to track the neural path into the cortex. Color perception is 'upstream' as it resides at the ends of the striate cortex. The blue we're shown spotting the orchids is technically downstream.

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