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Eden Log (2007)

Clovis Cornillac , Franck Vestiel  |  R |  DVD
2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clovis Cornillac
  • Directors: Franck Vestiel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 19, 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QDBX6A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,689 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eden Log" on IMDb

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A man regains consciousness at the bottom of a cave, with no concept of how he arrived there, nor any idea who the dead man is at his side. Only one thing is certain - he has to escape the menacing creature that s pursuing him. His journey back to the surface takes him through a cemetery - like world that's been abandoned by a mysterious organization called Eden Log.

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164 of 179 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Ages ago when I was in high school I wrote an extremely abstruse short story for an English class that was riddled with references that no one could decipher except for myself. I thought it was oh-so-clever, a mini Finnegan's Wake. When after reciting it I was presented with a room of blank stares I proudly went about explaining the symbolism. No one cared. I realized then that if one wants to create both a successful and weird/obscure/dissonant story, at least include a layer that is accessible to the casual reader. Eden Log doesn't make such an attempt.

If an interminably long-feeling movie centered around an amnesiac man groping around in near darkness in an environment filled with broken plastic junk, tubes-n-wires, and columns of tree roots whilst pursued by cheesy looking humanoid monsters sounds appealing then this movie is for you!

The movie is about a not-too-distant world where energy is harvested from an enormous tree. The "power plant" (haha - cute) named Eden Log is a secret subterranean facility where columns of tree root are exposed for study, experimentation, and work associated with energy generation. Eden Log is populated by human subjects, mutants, technical staff, and a militaristic guard. Humans are intravenously given sap from this special tree which does (2) things: 1) creates a symbiotic relationship between plant and human wherein both species develop a biological understanding of the other and 2) humans are subsequently infected during sap exposure and mutated into dumb humanoid monsters that are then boxed and suspended in the tree canopy. The tree generates energy while digesting the subjects. Things would be dandy except that there is a revolt among the Eden Log population forcing an intervention by the militaristic guard.
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51 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Transcending the Muck of Mediocrity May 23, 2009
Format:DVD
After reading reviews of Eden Log, and after seeing the movie myself, I agree that you either love it or hate it. There is little room for a middle of the road reaction to this one. As with so many others, it's all about what you expect and appreciate from movies that break the mold of formula and predictability.

I tend to be more in love with the movie for its uniqueness above all else. In a world where everything has already been done, making the newest of movies a clichéd rehash of something seen before, this movie goes all out to avoid those pitfalls, becoming something refreshingly new. Of course, the inescapable and limited themes (man vs. man, man vs. nature, man vs. himself, etc.) are there, but that's where the familiarities end.

I must stress, however, that creating something new these days also involves a large amount of courage to create what can largely be disliked. The director and writer of this movie had some serious courage, for sure. Eden Log is incoherent much of the time, defying most attempts to make any sense of the plot through the better part of its running time. However, any astute viewer will quickly realize and appreciate the fact that this movie is confusing by intention rather than by chance or failure. Of course, I'm not suggesting that a movie can be good merely because it is confusing. There is, I think, in this movie, order and meaning to be discovered, with enough patience and thought, within all the chaos and confusion. Yes, from the very beginning, the viewer is offered a most unique puzzle to be solved.

The viewer is introduced to the main character in the pulsing bright light of an otherwise pitch-black cavern. As for where this dark place is, no one can possibly know at this point.
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43 of 57 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: SPOILERS. July 25, 2011
Format:DVD
Why is this movie being compared to Pandorum? No similarity whatsoever except that both have mutants. Pandorum was exciting, disturbing, and had a great ending. This movie is none of the above. It starts with a flashing camera sequence that goes on for about 7 minutes and is likely to give you a migraine. Then we get darkness, jerky camera, and more darkness. The movie is only 98 minutes long, yet by the time it ended I felt like I'd spent five hours in front of the TV. Five very long, dark, and confusing hours.

Yes, it's atmospheric and surreal and all that. And that's all it is. The main idea in a nutshell is: humans bad, trees good. Corporations are arrogant and evil and must die. Heck, humans in general are arrogant and evil and must die... The plot is all over the place. The setting is too dark to appreciate. The characters are unsympathetic and unrealistic. For example, at some point the main character runs into a female survivor... And rapes her. Huh?.. Oh, wait. Right. It's to show just how evil we humans are. Unlike those nice, nice trees we abuse. (Except for the little fact that rapists are mentally unstable people, don't represent normal human behavior, or the majority of humans).

The ending is every radical environmentalist's wet dream: our hero has a "revelation" and condemns the entire humankind to death by letting us all be devoured by a giant tree. This finale is shown in a pretty, sparkling way with pretty music playing, which, I'm guessing, is supposed to signify a happy end... I guess if you believe the garbage these filmmakers seem to believe, then it is a happy end to a great movie. But if you have more faith in the human race than that, not to mention if you expect better storytelling and character development from your movies, then it's a horrible ending to a horrible, ill-conceived, and poorly-executed waste of celluloid.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It sucks.
I gave this one star simply because there was no place to give it none. It sucks.
Published 6 hours ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars ugh...
No sound?
either there is no sound or my computer just broke...
oh yeah and whats with the on and off camera?
3 or 4 times = OK but 7 minutes? Read more
Published 9 hours ago by Julie Hatch
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
off & on sound
Published 8 days ago by Leroy Fuller
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I thought this movie was stupid; made no sense.
Published 12 days ago by CJ
3.0 out of 5 stars but it had good special effects and story for the type of movie ...
The concept of this movie was just a little hard to figure out, but it had good special effects and story for the type of movie it was.
Published 12 days ago by S. Lanterman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good.
Published 12 days ago by Gary Woolsey
1.0 out of 5 stars NO AUDIO
Tried to watch it on three different computers. There is no audio.
Published 16 days ago by S. Parks
3.0 out of 5 stars If you like indie foreign films
The story was really strange!! This could have been a stellar movie, if more information about the main character and his intentions were provided to the viewer. Read more
Published 19 days ago by OliWill
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Eye flickering light at start movie hurt. Movie way too slow,
Published 19 days ago by Hal T. Miller
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Absolutely horrible. If you don't like dialogue
or a story line, this is your movie.
Published 19 days ago by Timothy R.
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