Rent Marjorie Prime (2017)

2.9 of 5 from 307 ratings
1h 35min
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Synopsis:
In the near future, a time of artificial intelligence: 86-year-old Marjorie (Lois Smith) - a jumble of disparate, fading memories - has a handsome new companion (Jon Hamm) that looks exactly like her deceased husband Walter. This is a Prime a holographic simulation programmed by Marjorie's daughter (Geena Davis) and her husband Jon (Tim Robbins) to feed the story of her life back to her. But as their interactions develop it becomes clear that each of them has a very complex relationship with their shared histories, with each other, and with this new technology they've invited into their home.
Actors:
, Hana Colley, , , , , , Cashus Muse, , , , ,
Directors:
Producers:
Michael Almereyda, Uri Singer
Writers:
Michael Almereyda, Jordan Harrison
Studio:
Bulldog Film Distribution
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Awards:

2017 Sundance Film Festival Alfred P. Sloan Award

BBFC:
Release Date:
29/01/2018
Run Time:
95 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
29/01/2018
Run Time:
99 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English LPCM Stereo
Subtitles:
None
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All

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Reviews (7) of Marjorie Prime

Thoughtful - Marjorie Prime review by JH

Spoiler Alert
01/04/2018

I found this a quiet and thoughtful play on memories, how they differ between people and form an identity.

This is Sci-Fi, given the AI hologram 'primes' the feature throughout -- an entirely believable technology -- however the tech here really just kick starts the discussion of memories between the cast of characters and how they differ in interacting with tech.

A very dialogue heavy film and quite the slow burner, but nevertheless I found myself quite engaged and the taught string-led score created a bit of hypnotic atmosphere.

You don't see a lot of films like this being made and as such I really enjoyed the refreshing take on the theme of human vs machine.

5 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Wasted potential - Marjorie Prime review by DT

Spoiler Alert
16/06/2018

This was a thought provoking story which unfortunately doesn’t quite translate to the screen. It made sense when I found out it was based on a play and it is probably best suited for that format.

The film is almost entirely shot as simple conversations - over the shoulder reverse shots, wide 2-shots - and not much else to pull the viewer in. I found the story interesting but only because I struggled and forced myself. The usually great cast is wasted here too. They feel synthetic and artificial both in human and AI form.

As for the story, the ideas presented had me thinking afterwards. The way memory works, how it fades with time and new, but not necessarily accurate memories are formed from the stories we tell each other. Traumatic memories are repressed but surface every now and then. This provided some satisfaction but not nearly enough for me to recommend. If anything, go and see the play.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Interesting concept, but... - Marjorie Prime review by TB

Spoiler Alert
23/02/2018

.. it appeared to me that the AI holograms are every bit as as boring as their human counterparts...

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.