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  • Actors: Bai Ling, Robert David Hall
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KMB772
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,257 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In the futuristic world of Olympia, a city on the brink of destruction, a team of scientists discovers a way to instantly reconfigure human DNA so that all disease will come to an end. But even miracles come at a cost, and we'll find out if this new technology is actually a blessing or a curse. The DNA reconfiguration can save lives, but could potentially end them as well. Now, as the city is overtaken by gangs ters and DNA Hackers, the only promise for a better life is with the right DNA. Michelle (Bai Ling), a seductive assassin whose mission is to take out these so-called DNA hackers, is determined to use the new technology for good instead of evil. When her brother Jackie (Perry Shen) steals a genetic device from their next-door neighbor Christian (Alec Newman), a vigilante scientist, he gets dragged into the immoral cyber-underworld. Banded together with him, Michelle must fight not just for her own flesh and blood, but also for the survival of mankind.

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Most glaring, to me, is the complete lack of coherence with the plot.
Kevin Major
It's not exactly an epic masterpiece,but it has great action, a pretty original story and some good special effects.
KevinB
I didn't feel like anything opened up, and the ending just didn't set off the spark that the beginning had promised.
ribcage

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Woopak VINE VOICE on January 27, 2009
Format: DVD
There has been a lot of comic book to film adaptations for the past several years. Being a film based on a comic book called "DNA Hacker Chronicles" and a joint international effort between Asian and Western filmmakers, of course I was immediately drawn to "The Gene Generation". Why not? My expectations were very low and it stars sexy Chinese actress Bai Ling and the director is the comic book's creator; Pearry Teo--so how bad can it really get? I like Bai Ling and I like science fiction, so I decided to give it a shot.

In a post-apocalyptic future, science has created a device that can easily manipulate human D.N.A.--this device can either heal or cause abominations. When a group of profiteers/extremists intends to use the device as a weapon, Christian (Alec Newman) decides to steal the device to keep it from being used by the wrong people. Meanwhile, Michelle (Bai Ling), a beautiful assassin who works for the authorities to kill DNA hackers is pulled into her family's drama when her brother Jackie (Parry Shen) runs afoul of gambling debts and some hackers whose modus operandi is to mess with a victim's DNA. No matter how hard Michelle attempts to steer her brother from trouble, it just finds him and he always relies on her to bail him out. However, this time, Jackie may have gone too far as he crosses Michelle's own employers. Can Michelle save him and herself one last time?

I have very mixed feelings about this film. It has very attractive visuals, the CGI EFX looks like they came straight from an Xbox 360 and CGI fan boys will be somewhat satisfied. The film looks very cool, the CGI generated set designs are very moody and atmospheric. The costumes and characters looked like they came straight from a "cyberfunk" anime feature.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen Shaub on June 17, 2009
Format: DVD
I have to admit that I agree with most reviews on this film; it's nothing to write home about,yet on the other hand it's not really that bad either and I can honestly say that I have seen much, much worse. Its problem lies where all films problems lie and that's with the script. It's absolutely inane, absurd and makes virtually no sense at all even within the world it attempts to create. The actors seem to be working hard with what they are given but there's only so much they can accomplish with this tripe. Bai Ling does her best--meaning she fills out her sexy costume and strips down for a couple of nude scenes, and Parry Shen (best known for his brilliant performance in BETTER LUCK TOMORROW) gives his all trying to make his role of the troublesome younger brother interesting. In the end however, everyone is defeated by Singaporean director Pearry Teo's adaptation of his own comic book. You'd think that with this much control over the end product Teo would have been able to produce more than this confused and confusing flick that serves only to make the viewer wish they were watching BLADERUNNER.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ribcage on June 11, 2009
Format: DVD
GENE GENERATION is an average film that valiantly strains to be more than average, but sadly it fails.

I was trapped by this movie in the first half hour or so. It was mesmerizing, the story was developing slowly, but I was just hooked. The characters were great, unfolding a story of a troubled relationship between a woman and her little brother who just couldn't get out of bad habits and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The whole DNA hacking main plot wasn't opened up yet, entirely, but I was waiting with anticipation.

And it fell. Right on its face. I didn't feel like anything opened up, and the ending just didn't set off the spark that the beginning had promised. My hopes were dashed, while my excitement had already wandered off some thirty or forty minutes prior anyway.

On top of that, the whole premise of the film, this crazy DNA Hacking concept, wasn't explored to anywhere near the potential such an idea could have been. It was glazed over quickly, pushed to the side to highlight our protaganist's Michelle's dilemmas. And yeah, she's a good character acted out wonderfully by Bai Ling, but I didn't decide to watch this film because of either of those things -- my curiosity was piqued by this whole DNA HACKER / DNA ASSASSIN deal. I feel a little cheated.

The imagery and style was done well, but by the end I wasn't wowed. It was like Bladerunner meets all the 90s cyberpunk films it inspired plus a digital media arts students profile work slammed together. Maybe I'm being a little harsh because of my disappointment in the film fizzling out, but unfortunately I don't feel inspired to re-watch it again anytime soon to decide which it is.

That being said, I would watch it again for the characters and the acting, just not anytime soon. Definitely worth the rental, more than well worth adding to your collection if you're like me and enjoy piling up DVDs of varying quality for the fun of it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sniff Code on June 3, 2009
Format: DVD
You know you're in trouble when you hear such scientific exposition as "genetic manipulation". With such broad stroke terms, anything is possible. For instance, a device that makes DNA Hacking so easy that even your mom could use it. Or worse, it could end up in the wrong hands -- your dad. And they might create the worst of all possible abominations -- a brother with a gambling habit. And then they'll die and leave you to look after your brother.

Michelle is a DNA Hacking assassin whose name is not nearly as interesting as her war paint and outfit. Her day job is ridding a post-apocalyptic world of DNA Hackers. Her night job is keeping her idiot brother out of trouble. With their parents dead, Michelle has her work cut out for her.

Gene Generation would have made for a great Sci-Fi channel release. For TV, it's production values would have been considered top-notch. As a feature film, however, it feels like a B-movie that got a pay raise. The cinematography and art direction are the highlight of this movie. That, and Bai Ling, who I must admit made it easy for me to keep my eyes on the screen. There are a few director's tricks that jump out. For instance, watch the freeze-frame scene of Bai Ling kicking a guy into a window. Everything comes to a halt except the window which slowly cracks and shatters. Sweet.

But all in all, the acting is cariciaturish, and the story not terribly interesting. But thanks to Bai Ling it's an easy watch, so who am I to complain?
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