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The gist of the story is that Jamie (Jeremy Northam) is tasked by his overbearing boss with driving out the legitimate tenants of a building that the boss wishes to redevelop. The tenants appear to be some sort of cult: they stride around as a group in black-trenchcoat style (remember, this was released a year before The Matrix), are feared by the local ruffians, and make their living selling top-of-the-range electronic goods at criminally cheap prices. Jamie sets out to discover their secret: are they indeed criminals, are they a religious cult, are they into drugs, or what? And the secret is - that there is no secret. The movie is essentially about the gently charismatic and well-intentioned Emily (Joely Richardson) who sets up a community with a different way of life. There are no drugs; the goods are obtained legitimately from a Japanese businessman who has a crush (either romantic or ideological) on Emily; and while there is a certain sexual freedom (that gives Ms Friel the opportunity for her legendary scene), it is by no means a sex cult.
What the community offers its members more than anything else is safety; safety built on an illusion maintained by Emily. When this illusion starts to crack, so does the community - and so, to some extent, does Emily herself. Astute at puncturing the image of a rival 'cult' leader, she fails to realise when she is about to do the same to herself. It is left to Jamie to try and salvage something of the utopia he thinks he's found.Read more ›
Do not let this put you off as the acting, particularly from Jeremy Northam and Anna Friel, is superb. You feel really involved with the character of Jamie (Northam) and experience his series of revelations along with him. Well worth buying if you want to be engaged with the characters and not just drip-fed. If you liked Cypher, you should enjoy this. If you have not seen either, I thoroughly recommend you get both!
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I bought this due to being a fan of Jonathan R Meyers. The story was a little hard to get into but all in all it was a good movie.Published 20 months ago by K Piper
I didn't expect much from this film, but being a Jeremy Northam and Jonathan Rhys Meyers fan I thought I'd give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Clorinda M. Cardillo