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Recently Watched: Upstream Color [2013]

This site has once again returned to its semi-abandoned status, but, after watching a film so bizarre yesterday, I felt compelled to return to drop down this quick little post.  The film in question was called Upstream Color, a sci-fi/thriller/mystery/drama of sorts, written, directed AND starring Shane Carruth, the same men who brought us the film Primer back in 2004.

It was a truly, truly bizarre film, involving mind controlling parasitic worms and psychic links between men and pigs.  The official description of the film is this: “A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.”

I have to be honest – I walked away from the film, unimpressed.  Upstream Color is not a bad film per say.  There is a unique and compelling quality to this film that had managed to keep me gripped and engaged from the first scene to the last.  One could easily find themselves lost within its strikingly beautiful cinematography; its haunting soundtrack; or the eerie acting of its phenomenal cast.

However, one could just as easily find themselves lost and buried deep within its multiple thick layers of symbolisms and metaphors, and (like me) wondering “What the f**k did I just watch?!”

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