I like Noel Clarke. His name alone catches my attention to a film, so I
watched this one. Without a clue, which is why I could fully appreciate
the mystery of the introduction. Clues about the main character's
condition come by very slowly, while the story focuses on an ongoing
conspiracy, and on fight scenes that do diminish the overall quality
and Mr Clarke's credibility as an action hero.
I admit that, at some stage, I am ready to give up. Finally, if clumsily, come some revelations that not only reinvigorate the plot, but bring in an entire new spectrum of possibilities. Only a few will be exploited. The Anomaly will stay way underneath its potential, barely emerging from the colourful Tits & Kicks category it decided to nest into.
As a director, Noel Clarke does have something. Not sure what. As an actor, he is better when directed by someone else. I find obvious that he should stop directing himself. At least not in a main role, like he did in 22.214.171.124.
The Anomaly should have been more character driven and more psychological, with the costly fluff as a bonus instead of being the meat.
Set in the future, the film is about the battle over control of cutting-edge biotechnology that can control minds. Traumatized ex-soldier Ryan Reeve wakes up in the back of a moving van next to a young boy who was just kidnapped. He frees the boy and must work out what is happening in bursts of time no longer than ten minutes, while his mind is switched repeatedly between parallel existences. He teams up with the mysterious "Dana" as he battles a conspiracy known as "Anomaly" led by Harkin Langham.
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