GOLD MEDAL FILM
Screenplay by Shane Carruth
Produced by Shane Carruth, Casey Gooden, Ben LeClair, Scott Douglass
Starring Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig, Thiago Martins
Running Time: 96 minutes
At a club, a woman named Kris (Amy Seimetz) is tasered and attacked by a thief (Thiago Martins). She is drugged through some form of larva harvested by the thief which hypnotizes her. She follows the thief's commands to take out everything, even loans. During this process she cannot consume solid foods, only able to drink water at regulated intervals. Later, she has the larva extracted from her body, and when she wakes up, she finds that her own life is in ruins, as she has lost her job and all of her own finances have been destroyed. But she soon comes across a man named Jeff (Shane Carruth), whom she may have much in common with, and as they are drawn together, they struggle to assemble their destroyed lives.
I'm already getting the impression from Upstream Color that Shane Carruth still continues to pose challenges for his audiences by creating movies that they'll need to watch over and over again in order to truly understand them. I, for one, consider his debut film, Primer, to be one of the best science fiction films that I have ever looked at inside of the past decade, and he continues to create complicated films sure to revisited the same way that no other director can make them. It wouldn't be fair to me to criticize such a film like this one right away just because you simply don't get what it's going for (since that's how many will be sure to feel upon first glance), as my suggestion is that it must be revisited soon after one viewing.
Gazing at the film only from the imagery what you're already sitting through is one of the most beautiful that you'll come across in a rather long time. Looking at the imagery alone all I could ever say is that I already had the feeling that I was viewing what would truly be one of the most unique experiences I've come across, and I'm easily convinced that Carruth has an inventive eye when it comes to the imagery which he chooses to display in his films, because I've no doubt that Upstream Color is one of the most visually mesmerizing experiences that I have had with the movies in such a long time.
But there's not only that, it seems as if once again Shane Carruth is providing his viewers with another cerebral challenge. It's vastly different from what you might remember having seen out of his own breakthrough film, Primer, but it is one that will already guarantee you will be rewatching it in order to grasp an idea of whatever idea it is that Carruth is trying to convey on the screen. Is Shane Carruth trying to perform some sort of experiment upon his own viewers? Because it already seems as if his intentions through the brilliance of the abstract narrative which he presents onscreen, and it couldn't be any more wonderful.
Who else has made any other film that were ever as visually inventive or challenging as Shane Carruth nowadays? I can already say that I've yet to come across another film that were as wonderful an experience as something like this, because Upstream Color has provided what can only be described by me as one of the most mind-blowing experiences one can ever have with the movies in a long time. For those who thought that something like Christopher Nolan's Inception had blown their mind back, I'm going to wait till the very moment that they see something like Upstream Color because there's a much bigger challenge being posed right here.