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Otherlife (film review) *contains spoilers*


Film: Otherlife
Year: 2017
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Sci-fi
Directed By: Ben C. Lucas
Starring: Jessica De Gouw, Thomas Cocquerel, T.J. Power
About: After inventing a drug that induces time-compressed virtual realities, young Ren grapples with partner Sam over how to use their powerful creation.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qav2Z0TgYMA

My Review:
Seeing a film on Netflix that didn't sound familiar but was also sci-fi I had to give Otherlife a watch and this did surprise me however didn't leave me as satisfied as I hoped that it would.

Otherlife is about a drug which creates a virtual reality however seems to be like real memories and a days worth of memories can be done very quickly. While trying to get funding Ren by accident ends up killing someone due to a glitch in the programme. As a result of this she gets put in an isolation in her own mind for a year due to the government wanting to use it on prisoners which is only an hour in the real world.

I found that this movie had a brilliant idea behind it and something that could happen with the right technology and time. This also had good acting throughout the film and did make me feel part of the film and really engaged in what I was watching making me continuously wonder what was going to be happening next in the movie. Showing how they did fix the problems and how they went through the process of getting funding and taking all the measures in which they can to make a programme which would help give people good experiences however having to slightly change it due to funding only coming from another source I thought was relateable for companies and how they come into being and how they have to always change in order to keep themselves alive.

Unfortunately, this film did have a few flaws which did bother me throughout such as how it didn't really show how the technology was made or how it really worked which I continuously was hoping that they would do to give some more meaning to the film. With Ren also having been prisoned in her own mind I found that there was a lot of hints in which showed she was still under the use of the drug in which she ignored and started acting like she was back in the real world which did bother me as someone who was writing code and had been in loads of simulations prior should have realised all the signs that she was still under from the drug. This made me want to scream at her and how she was being stupid for not having noticed what was really happening to her. Finally, I found that the ending was not to my liking as it felt that there should have been more to the film and that it just ended randomly and not in a way that clearly showed that it was the ending of the movie making me feel that the film was not yet complete.

Overall, I would say that Otherlife had a great idea to the movie and that the film could have been made to feel more complete with a little more depth about the drug. I would recommend this film to those who are looking for a sci-fi movie and one with a good story to it however nothing too deep. I would probably see this film again but only on rare occasions. 

My Rating: 3/5 

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