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As weird stories go, this one starts with a puked on plant - thing is
that the person who puked on the plant was on experimental (yet legally
obtainable) drugs. The plantowner tosses it out of course, but Paul
(Jeffrey Bielat), a jobless youngster, takes it in, gets to breath its
spores ... and weirdly enough develops the ability to read minds. He tries
to find out the cause for this, and everything seems to lead back to the
Rein Corporation, an international pharma company that experiments in
fields far beyond the purely therapeutical (let alone the safe). His
research eventually leads him to Paris and a certain Dr. Jégado (Marshall
Berenson) ... who gives Paul a drug that has him revert to his former self
(Chen Tang), which is almost too much for him to take. What's even worse
is of course that corporate assassins from the Rein Corporation are all of
a sudden after him and his best friend Trent (Jesse Barack) ... and then
Trent's abducted by Dr. Apollo (Jonathan Thomson) and turned into a
warmachine with telekinetic powers - and all hell breaks loose. Paul, who
wants to save his friend and get his old self back suddenly finds himself
in the thick of it, not only because he has suddenly become a crime target
for corporation assassins, but also because he is forced by a group of
anti-Rein activists to work with/for them - and suddenly "all hell
breaks loose", as mentioned above, sounds like an understatement.
is an in recent times increasingly rare specimen of thought-provoking and
intelligent science fiction that nevertheless never gets dull. And while I
have to admit the very complex story is at times hard to follow (in its
complexity rather than its basic narrative), it is incredibly well-paced,
finds the right balance between delivering a serious message and outright
satire, and has an air of mystery to it throughout to keep the audience
guessing. Add to that some great action and locations, a rich visual
language, and a solid cast, and you've got yourself a pretty good movie.