- Marjorie Prime review by JH
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.
- Marjorie Prime review by DT
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
.. 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.