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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.Read more ›
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.
This movie is like a dark and violent version of Gattaca. It's not exactly an epic masterpiece,but it has great action, a pretty original story and some good special effects. The acing needs a little help, and the parts that are supposed to be emotional aren't really all that moving. Despite haaving some flaws, The Gene Generation is actually a prIt may not be one that you should worry about owning, but it's definitely one worth watching I think. I enjoyed it, and I picked it up used at a local movie rental store for just a couple bucks. If you can get it for a few dollars, I'd say go for it. It's pretty unique and you may enjoy it.
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I confess. I am a Bai Ling fan. Any movie she appears in greatly improves the movie. And that is certainly what happened with this movie. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ML Poundstone
This movie has just the right amount of cheese to be entertaining. It has a dated style and predictable characters and borrows heavily from the genre, but don't let that stop you... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Luke Gilliam
4 stars for Bai Ling and action. ( nude ). Shallow plot buy action makes up for it.Published 8 months ago by A. J. Morley808
When watching this movie, there are some disturbing visual scenery, cyber-punk dystopia and vague story graphs between the beginning and the ending. Read morePublished 9 months ago by K. L. Olson
Other than me enjoying Bai Ling, the movie itself was wild.Published 11 months ago by Joe R. Williams
Bai Ling is always a great actress and and makes every minute of this movie greatPublished 11 months ago by Eagleeye
One of the worse movies ever for me. Horrible camera shots, horrible scenery, down basic computer effects. Poor acting (what Fay Danawey thought by playing in it???). Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jacek Gramatyka
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