"PROXIMA" - Spanish edition[NON-US FORMAT, PAL]
"PROXIMA" es una de las escasas producciones de este género que ha dado el cine español. Rodada de forma independiente, ha recorrido festivales de medio mundo recogiendo excelentes críticas y reconocimientos como el Premio a la Cultura y las Artes de la Universidad de Huelva y nominaciones al Premio Icon (Festival de Cine Fantástico de Tel-Aviv) y al Premio Ignotus a la mejor producción audiovisual (Asociación Española de Ciencia-Ficción).,
Top Customer Reviews
Review: Make no mistake. This is not a good film. I stumbled across this film on Amazon VOD because of its high rating and was sorely disappointed. This is a zero budget science fiction fan-centric labor of love from Spain. I'm always on the lookout for undiscovered gems and this isn't one of them. Although my description reads like the storyline from a comedy, this film is played straight. The movie doesn't really move into science fiction territory until the second half and that's when the glacial pace of the first half gets even slower. The storyline has the quality of filmed fanfic and even though the dialogue is heavy handed, it's not quite good enough to be a good "bad" film. The subtext, what there is of it, is flimsy, there is the obligatory rote attack on religion and the film contains a random hodgepodge of shallow half-baked tin foil hat ideas.
Another reviewer elsewhere on Amazon mentioned the influence of Philip K. Dick on Proxima and I think that's being overly generous. Although the film makes obvious and not so obvious references to both Philip K.Read more ›
It has holes and weak spots, but I admire its aiming high, and using its tiny budget to the fullest.
In terms of genre, this has more in common with `Man Who Fell To Earth' and `Solaris' than `Star Wars'. It's about
a shlub sci-fi geek, who may have found a metaphysical portal to another world, or may just be losing his mind.
Full of interesting images and music, at times it gets too cute or clever for it's own good, at other times it drags,
and the acting is occasionally uneven, but it's certainly more thought provoking than a lot of what's out there.
Perhaps the best Phillip K. Dick movie that has nothing to do with PKD, you might get a hint of what it's like if you think Primer by way of Alejandro Jodorowski, with bursts of Repo Man absurdity, a hint of Tarkovsky's Stalker, and a truckload of cheap sci fi tropes.
If a foreign language art film with secret powers, black clad commandos, weird cults, deprogrammers, tons of nerdy SF geek references and, yes, even spaceships, sounds like your thing, then give Proxima a try.
The film starts simply with Tony (Oriol Aubets), a total nerd who is obsessed with sci-fi movies and books. When his favorite author, Felix Cadecq (Manel Solás), claims that aliens actually exist, Tony is the only person who believes him.
As Tony begins his journey to find out the truth, he becomes involved with a secret cult and his reality begins to degrade. Is Tony actually going to have his wildest dreams fulfilled or has he completely lost his mind?
Atanes gives no easy answers with his film that's clearly been influenced by the work of Philip K. Dick. Aubets plays Tony with the perfect pitch of hopeful optimism so that the audience is really rooting for him to succeed in his quest despite how far-fetched the plot grows around him. Atanes is also very suggestive with his special effects, giving us just a hint of what may or not be real.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Clearly Ed Wood is alive and well in Mexico, please don't waste your time. Rambling wreck of sci-fi at it's worst. Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by davinci
A refreshing change from the humdrum of what we call "movies" in the US. Very much worth the rental and patience needed to get through the film. Read morePublished on December 15, 2009 by wontonotnow
A delightful and surprising movie full of wonder. True intelligent fantasy. The sci-fi community deserves to know it asap!!!!!Published on May 14, 2009 by Beria
It is a science film fiction in which reality and fantasy are mixed of a very intelligent way. I recommend it stronglyPublished on March 25, 2009 by Luis Alberto Timon
Look for Similar Items by Category
- Movies & TV > Disc on Demand
- Movies & TV > Disc on Demand
- Movies & TV > Disc on Demand - Indie DVDs
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Foreign Films
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Science Fiction
- Movies & TV > MOD CreateSpace Video
- Movies & TV > Movies
- Movies & TV > Science Fiction & Fantasy