Now, usually, I am a volunteer at TIFF. It is a great experience, the atmosphere, the people, the energy is almost surreal during those 10 exciting days. I volunteered for 3 years consecutively, but this year decided to take a break from it. I life a fair distance from the city, and as much as I love it when Im there, the commute is a proverbial bitch. So this year, I am simply taking in the scenes and films!
My first film was a Drake Doremus film starting Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart called Equals.
SUMMARY: The main theme of the film is that crime and discord has been eliminated by removing emotion from humans genetic makeup. it is all flat affects and polite monotones, as each individual goes about their day in a monochromatic world. Those who start to show any sense of emotion are believed to be 'infected with the bug' and either treated with medication, or sent to a hospital where they are eventually killed.
STRENGTHS: The striking theme of Orsen Wells 1984 crossed with Shakesperes Romeo and Juliet is so overwhelming it is immediate even to those who havent' necessarily read the preceding books. Everyone is familiar with the term of 'big brother' the main staple in Wells' classic, of a hierarchy watching over possible stray sheep. The theme isn't lost in this film, while you throw in two individuals struggling against being found out, mixed with feelings they know nothing of, it mades for an interesting tale with the expected and typically tragic end.
WEAKNESSES: Kristen Stewart. That is it. The girl cant act her way out of a paper bag, and even though this film should be perfect for her as she is not expected to portray any form of emotion, she still someone comes out flat. Huffing, scrunching your face, and blinking does not an actress make. And while the rest of the film I found to be intriguing and challenging the norms, her lack luster performance still left me with a sour taste.
OVERALL: quite a good film. Of course, it is for the type of audience who likes this type of thought provoking and conceptually challenging genre. Those looking for high action, humor, and mindless entertainment should pass. But those who loved 1984 and classics like it will enjoy this unique and futuristic take.