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Plot Overview

sleeping womanEinstein of robotics Evan Lund (Bryan Greenberg) added flesh, emotions, rudimentary AI, and genetically cloned organs to his creations. As a side project he made an enhanced replica of his deceased wife Kelly to keep her memory alive. His robotics company merged with Vice Industries whose CEO Julian Michaels (Bruce Willis) seized all its assets, including artificial Kelly (Ambyr Childers,) and used its living dolls in a perverted resort catering to White creeps—and some slumming spooks—who could indulge their fantasies “where there are no laws, no rules, no consequences.” Kelly was programmed a barmaid in a swinging nigh­tclub, to be brutalized at end of shift. She had a two-day turn­around time to be put back together and reset, memory wiped, and awaken to a new day to do it all over again. When some dignitaries were due to arrive, J.M. wanted all hands on deck, so Kelly was processed in only one day. When her memories started to bleed through, she didn't like what she recalled, so she rabbitted on out of there.

crucifiedThe resort is controversial. Metro Police Det. Roy Tedeschi (Thomas Jane) tells Julian, “You think that if people could commit any crime they could think of, they could get it out of their system? People go in there, they get their freak on, they do what­ever they do, and they keep going in there, and they keep going in there, and they bring that [stuff] out in the real world. It feels normal to them, you know. These people get a taste, and they can't get enough.” When one of them a Ryan Hollister (Damon Lipari) commits rape and murder in the city at large, Roy gets a warrant to enter the resort and arrest him. This causes an uproar inside, much to the chagrin of his captain through whom Vice enjoys protection for the sake of the tax revenue generated.

So these two worlds collide.


rooster and chickKelly is vulnerable, to say the least. Vice would lose its license if any of its artificials should escape to do damage in the city, so they send a hit squad after her (it.) And when she stops off for a cold one, there's a creep at the bar hitting on her. As for Hollister the law is after him. They are both fish out of water, and to mix metaphors, (Prov. 27:8) “As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.”

Being where you ain't meant to be makes you vulnerable like that baby bird that left the nest prematurely. This has wide applications, but I'm thinking of when my dad moved me a country boy to the city so I could attend a better high school. I did well in technical subjects, but my English grades sucked. I had a devil of a time bringing them up to snuff, though one teacher thought I had potential as a writer.

Production Values

” (2015) was directed by Brian A. Miller. It was written by Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore. It stars Thomas Jane, Bruce Willis and Ambyr Childers. Childers is a “looker” and she handled a difficult role well: as a normal-seeming bar girl turned clueless escapee, and half-zombie to boot. Willis came across fine as a morally compromised exec. Jane as a harried cop held the story lines together well. This film is very atmospheric set in an unnamed city in the near future where the worst of human nature is catered to and technology has made inroads into our humanity. Allowing for such an environment makes marginally robotic characters seem fitting.

MPAA rated it R for violence, language and some sexual content/nudity. It feels like it moves through molasses, which can be good or bad depending on what you want it to do for you. An artsy guy will appreciate it more than will an action guy. It wisely didn't include any black-on-White violence, which would have been harder to brush off as “harmless fun.”

Review Conclusion w/a Christian's Recommendation

This sci-fi movie seems to reflect modern real world issues of digital addictions, video game influence, and even abortion on demand. It has its own moral dilemmas so one can't take them too seriously in the here and now, but still— I liked it, but then I like most any half­way decent film. I'm rating it four stars (out of five) because it does well on its own terms. If you're thinking of other kinds of movies, it might seem less appealing by comparison.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Decent action scenes. Suitability For Children: Not Suitable for Children of Any Age. Special effects: Average special effects. Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day. Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall movie rating: Four stars out of five.