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Style over substance lets down what should've been a great movie
on 25 October 2010
Chrysalis is a half-decent watch with striking visuals but, sadly, a half-baked plot.
Almost monochrome in it's visual style (you'll never so many shades of grey), the film is relatively short in length at a little over 90 minutes duration. However, it feels far, far longer, such is the stretched-out plot which could have been told in the space of an hour. The story does make you think about the nature of 'the self' and how our memories make us the people we are. Nevertheless, the storyline is just a slightly different slant on a theme which has been done several times before, and to more interesting effect.
I'm no action movie buff, prefering a solid storyline to chases and fisticuffs. However, this film could've certainly done with a bit more in the way of excitement, as it's simply 'too' slow. To be fair, the first 20 minutes got me really involved, but thereafter, there were too many overly drawn-out sequences where virtually nothing happened, perhaps making-up for the lack of available plot and the studio's requirement to produce at least a 90 minute movie. In the end, I did'nt really care for the fate of any of the characters involved, as they were all pretty dull and one-dimensional. However, there's no denying that this is a well-crafted and good-looking movie, and clearly a lot of thought went into the impressive production design of its near-future (2020) settings.
Worth a watch then, if only for the film's impressive look and feel, but I won't be viewing this again for the foreseeable future.