Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Movie review: Creative Control

David, a young advertising executive, is tasked with evaluating and preparing an advertising campaign for Augmenta virtual reality eyeglasses. Instead he begins to lose touch with reality after creating an avatar of his best friend's girlfriend and starting an affair with her.

Benjamin Dickinson (David), Nora Zehetner (Juliette), Dan Gill (Wim), Alexia Rasmussen (Sophie), Reggie Watts - himself, Gavin McInnes (Scott), Paul Manza (Govindas), Jay Eisenberg (Hollis), Himanshu Suri (Reny).

Creative Control begins coherently with some mild character introduction and plot setup. It doesn't take long for David to get and start using the Augmenta glasses, and even less time for him to make an avatar of Wim's girlfriend, Sophie, and begin an affair with her. At that point reality and fantasy becomes blurred, as apparently intended. But, the film almost does too good a job and the story ends up changing. Unfortunately, coherence is lost in the shuffle, as is audience interest. The twist at the end was nice but not enough to save this one.

Acting was reasonably well done with Dickinson putting forth a reasonable performance. Zehetner delivered a solid emotional performance, as did Gill. Rasmussen felt a bit stiff in a couple of scenes, while the remainder of the cast felt stiff and uncomfortable.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were strange to say the least. The use of black and white video, with color scenes dotting the film, was apparently meant as an indicator but was again, lost on the audience. Dialogue was mediocre and could have had more depth. Sound and soundtrack were okay.

If you enjoy strange sci-fi you might want to check this one out. If using virtual reality for personal pleasure is no surprise to you, then you may want to pass on Creative Control.

With some fairly graphic virtual reality sexuality, nudity, some foul language, and a couple of violent scenes, save this one for older teens and above.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 10.26.16
Star rating: 1 out of 5
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi Fantasy

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