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Mr Nobody [DVD]
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 15 April 2017
This ambitious and complex surreal SF fantasy certainly challenges the viewer as it explores the consequences resulting from choices made during a human life. The human life in question here is that of 118 year old Nemo Nobody, the last mortal alive in the year 2092. At this time the human race has achieved quasi-immortality through a process involving pigs and the regeneration of cells. Due to his uniqueness Nemo is a television celebrity with the world watching his impending death, eager to discover the meaning of life through his recollections as conveyed to a facially tattooed psychiatrist and a young journalist. What they get (as do we) is a thoroughly confusing and convoluted non-linear narrative involving alternate histories predicated on a key decision made when Nemo was nine years old. The labyrinthine screenplay is undoubtedly baffling at times as we observe Nemo struggling to cope with the repercussions of his decisions, flailing as he encounters love, loss and regret. There are sound performances by most of the actors, in particular Natasha Little as Nemo’s mother and Toby Regbo as Nemo aged 15. However, because of its messiness and disordered structure there are times when the rabbit hole Nemo lures us into begins to feel never-ending and in my case fatigue began to set in around the 100 minute mark. The cinematography is superb throughout with some tremendously arresting visuals and occasionally amazing sight gags. To fully appreciate the quality of this movie I am convinced that repeat viewings will be needed as it invariably establishes itself as a ‘cult classic’ with its intriguing and entertaining perspective on what it is to be human.
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on 3 December 2015
A very unique movie, follows a man through three different versions of his life and leaves you questioning which is real until the very end where all is revealed in an... interesting way..

Would recommend if you can easily look past plot holes and want to see a movie that isn't like anything else.
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on 21 April 2017
Mr Nobody is a brilliant piece of work that I am fortunate enough to have come across. The actors give fantastic performances and really take you into the story. Concepts put forward are thought provoking and reflective.
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on 9 March 2014
Absolutely loved this film! During the first 20-minutes, I was a bit unsure and did a bit of nose-wrinkling as it was so weird! Glad I persevered though, as the film is amazing! Fantastic acting, very thought provoking, and so different. Absolutely loved it; one of the best and most unique films I've seen in a long time!!
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on 7 January 2016
Thought-provoking & clever film.
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on 10 September 2017
What an unexpectedly amazing film! I kept thinking this better start making sense, but you can pull so much from it by the end.
A real thinker, and a must watch.
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on 23 July 2017
This DVD does not play in my DVD player. Amazon have a habit of shipping defective DVDs
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Trying to describe Jaco Van Dormael's 2009 film "Mr. Nobody" is like trying to get a handle on a bowl of the mama's primo spaghetti - difficult but ultimately worth the tasty struggle.

OK - here goes. It's February 2092 and a decrepit Nemo Adult (Jared Leto) wakes up in a hospital bed he doesn't recognize. At 117 he's the oldest man in the world - the last mortal to die of old age (before genetic advancements led to humans enjoying quasi-immortality - a future where endless renewal of cells has even removed the need for sex). Like some fascinating exhibit people want to prod - there's a future-world shrink (Alan Corduner) sat opposite him in an all-white boiler suit with a tattooed face like a Maori warrior and a tiny monitoring device flying between them like a electronic hummingbird. The irritatingly soothing shrink is prodding the old man's thoughts but Nemo seems to have conflicting memories about his past - three women he loved - three wives - with children from each - Anna Adult (Diane Kruger), Elise Adult (Sarah Polley) and Jean Adult (Linh Dan Pham). But first he remembers his birth and his parents - his eccentric English father (Rhys Ifans) - a weatherman who slipped on a leaf on Butterfly Lane and fell instantly in love with the woman who came over to help him (Natasha Little).

Now back to old Nemo again - this time awoken on his 2092 deathbed by a young news reporter who seems to have genuine empathy for him and his life story (English actor Daniel Mays). Talking to the reporter brings up dreams of drowning in a car - awaking in a bathtub only to be assassinated by a man with a silencer - being held in artificial hibernation on board a spacecraft that is falling apart - a unicorn walking through a sea of laughing children - those spirits 'not yet born' - then touched by the angels of oblivion who put a mark on your mouth (only they forgot Nemo).

And as a child Nemo seems to have the gift of seeing the future before it happens - girls he will marry - a recurring dream of a train arriving and departing with his mum leaving her father and Nemo on the platform - him running after it and her... Then there are holidays on Mars with speed motorbikes and pop songs filling bizarre flashback sequences where he's faking suicide on the kitchen floor as an angst-ridden teenager. Blooming love comes his way too as he falls in love to Otis Redding. He crashes on a motorbike and seems to die. And on it goes to Nemo as Jared Leto - the young adult - struggling with his oddness and his predictions and the consequences of the choices he makes...

The thing about "Mr. Nobody" is the sheer audacious breath of it - half of the time you're grappling to work out where the dots are connected - and in the end it does all seem to make some sort of crazy sense. The mixing and editing of different time periods (Forties, Seventies, the future), themes on time, love, what life means and how family makes and breaks you - all of it is truly brilliant stuff. A shot of a teenage Nemo (Toby Regbo) lying on a bed in Canada pans back out through his window to the city he's in until it pulls back further to being a picture of that building in that city on a postcard on a table. "Mr. Nobody" is that kind of mind-bending film. But what gives the movie a beating heart is that amidst all this cleverness are moments of genuine charm and loveliness - a Director's mind at work that is thinking hard about what life and love and adolescence really mean. You may not have a clue what's going on at times but what a wonderful journey to make. And the space sequences are impressively big budget too...

Even across different realities and set pieces (indoors and out) - the BLU RAY picture quality is beautiful. It's defaulted to 2.35:1 aspect ratio (lines top and bottom of the screen) but even stretched to full aspect looks sumptuous. The 5.1 DTS Master Audio gives the Audio a real punch too. The lone extra is a "Making Of" - but at least it's indepth - featuring interviews with Rhys Ifans, Natasha Little, Belgian Director Jaco Van Dormael, Thomas Byrne (child Nemo), Juno Temple (Nemo's teenage girlfriend), Renault Alcard (Assistant Cameraman), the Director of Photography - and all of it combined with location footage and discussions about design. It's very good. There are no subtitles though.

More visionary than Brad and Angelina's psychic, more buffed-up than Vladamir Putin's physical trainer and madder than the Tasmanian Devil on a tab of acid - "Mr. Nobody's is utterly extraordinary filmmaking - a visual and storytelling 5-star masterpiece.

Check it out soon - and maybe even watch it again after - so you can work out what the Hell was going on
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on 20 September 2011
Completely bizarre, the lead character in his mind or not, I'll leave that for you to try and figure out, leads multiple lives. With every major decision his life changes, and his life branches off in a different direction.

It is not a fast moving adventure, so if you need a lot of explosions and excitement this may not be for you. However,it is a very clever, twisting journey of this mans life, and like life it has moments of excitement and sadness. Despite it not being fast paced it is captivating and I couldn't look away, I needed to know what happened. This is so unique and unforgettable.

If you enjoy watching a movie that makes you think and if you don't mind a bit of crazy then this is for you.
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on 24 August 2017
Amazing movie, so underrated, as a cinema buff I can't believe I only heard of this film fairly recently!

Really makes you think about the life you want to lead
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