Upstream Color Reviews
September 1, 2014
Carruth's style is daunting, but his atmosphere intriguing, though I'm not quite sure his repetition is as effective as he thinks it is. I enjoyed it more when I was confused than when I actually realized what was going on; I was hoping for a more personal message. I guess I'm not quite the robot everyone suspects I am.
|Ryan J Gimarc||
September 1, 2014
Reading "Walden" while collecting pebbles from the bottom of a pool -- WEIRDEST DATE EVER
August 21, 2014
This movie may explain my 1996-98. It is basically a movie about a complex biosystem that uses humans as an intermediary host.
January 9, 2014
This movie is extremely high brow! This movie is also amazing and worth the watch!
August 27, 2014
Another brilliant movie by the genius, Shane Carruth. A movie whose narrative is, for the most part, the diametrical opposite to primer as this uses more visual and auditory cues and less of dialogues/narration to expand its universe. Visually pleasing scenes, technically brilliant plot and the mesmerizing score adds up to a delightful experience. This is one of those movies that comes but once in this era of experimental movie-making. Very few directors respect their audience enough to let them comprehend the movie. He lets the audience put together the pieces of this beautiful puzzle.This is unlike any other movie I've seen. This reaffirms Shane Carruth as a visionary and an ambitious filmmaker.
August 11, 2013
I have almost no idea what happened, but it was beautiful and thoughtful.
April 22, 2013
My advic when you see this -- DO NOT try to figure it out as you go. You'll be tempted to look at each little thing and wonder if it's not a bigger clue to the whole story -- but don't give in. Sit back and watch it all and THEN at the end mull over its deeper meaning... if, indeed, there is one. I've come up with 4-5 different interpretations in the past couple of days and I think I'm no closer to understanding it. However, that's all part of the fun and the lure of this odd film.
August 15, 2014
Directed by Shane Carruth, this abstract film presents experimental shifts in dialogue, cinematography, and themes, one of the most important being the idea of cycles. throughout the film we see examples of different types of cycles, and this film eloquently puts those ideas in perspective. what's absolutely astonishing about this film is the way it shows how our own consciousness can deceive us. Carruth obviously knows a thing or two about camera focus, showing the hazy texture when things are very unclear, which describes most of this film, as well as the patterns of light and shadow contrasting with the colors given in the film. although experimental, Upstream Color provides the production value that would come of hollywood blockbusters, and the story is one that really gives perspective on repetition and recurring themes. it's a must watch for anyone who would want to see a movie that makes them think, as it is the quintessence of an "experimental movie"
August 12, 2014
Shane Carruth! For the love of god, please stop making movies!!
August 10, 2014
Unlike David Lynch's movies, Upstream Color gives some room for interpretation,but still makes it so difficult for us to figure out what really happens from the start to the end.
August 9, 2014
Illogical and mysterious for no reason whatsoever. One star because the first half hour had potential.
February 27, 2014
It seems to me that this inscrutable motion picture's buzz is mostly due to Shane Carruth's prior film ("Primer") and the auto-didactic approach to the production and distribution of it. Nonetheless, this flick is one helluva head scratcher and definitely WILL make you think about what's happening in the story and what does it all mean. I find it to be a little bit pretentious and too abrupt. The cinematography, editing, score and sound design are well done. But a little more emphasis on narrative and character development would have suited me better.
August 9, 2014
Upstream Color is a baffling, opaque mess. If you like confusing films that border on pretentious, then look no further than Upstream Color. There's no real sense of pacing either, leaving the film feeling far longer than its 96 minute duration. In short, it's a nauseatingly pretentious bore, that is compelling only in fleeting moments. More a series of obtuse moments loosely connected by the most threadbare of plots, it's unfortunately one of those films some will praise merely because they don't want to be left out in the cold. Upstream Color contains striking microscopic imagery, cute pigs and alarmingly aggressive foley work. It's meticulous, methodical and educated - but also extreme, and extremely pretentious. The minimal dialogue is gnomic, often inaudible; the settings suddenly change without any apparent consistency of purpose. Upstream Color has the makings of a cult movie, though it's not a cult I feel inclined to join. The only thing more puzzling than Carruth's performance is that Upstream Color has garnered such acclaim to begin with.
"Hit The Exits" - [Panned Reaction] These are some of the worst films ever made. These films do everything wrong and do it worse than bad. Audiences should never see this film under any circumstances! (Films that are rated 0.5 or 1 stars)
August 7, 2014
U are the pig & the pig is confused bc of blue-farting Zombie-Worms. Pig-Master knows ALL but he ain't tellin' (SO COOL!). Enter: Swine Mind-Meld: "Free the pig, free yourself." EUREKA! No more blue zombie flowers. The End. OMG, let's all give this a high rating to affirm our superiority!
August 5, 2014
While visually interesting, Upstream Color has its biggest moments in the first half hour and meanders for the remainder. Not nearly as complex as it's reputation (one word of pre-knowledge clears it all up), Upstream tenuously borders on being a bore, with moments of raw power scattered throughout. Certainly interesting to study, perhaps a bit less interesting to watch.
August 5, 2014
you want to see a pretentious piece? watch this piece of shit!
August 2, 2014
I'm not really sure what I just saw to be honest with you. Is it that Upstream Color is simply to smart of a film for me? Or did Carruth error too far on the side of ambiguity?
While the visual poetry shines through, as does various plot elements, a large portion of the film hints at something it expects the audience to comprehend. But I can't comprehend it.
The initial setup is great: using a special worm that seems to induce an extended hypnotic state, a man is able to have the victim give him all their money, burning every financial stream in the process.
They wake up months (or more?) later completely unaware of what happened.
Given that quick introductory synopsis it would be natural to assume that Upstream Color is about trying to find the man that did this to our protagonist and her attempts to return order to her life.
But that's not what director Shane Carruth does.
In fact, I'm not exactly sure what Carruth does. Our protagonist undergoes a bit of a personality change. Not that we saw much pre-hypnosis, but enough to sort of see the kind of pep she had before. But it's hard to tell if that is depression over her situation or (more likely) residual effects from her hypnotic imprisonment.
And so the movie traces this through a budding relationship.
Which should be all fine and dandy. We'd see the ups and downs of the relationship, then learn why things are so crazy between them. Again, not what Carruth does.
Interspersed with their confusing relationship is long scenes of an older man and his fascination with recording sounds, and pigs. Yeah, I don't know what they mean.
The ending is vaguely satisfying. It will either confirm a few things you suspected, or illuminate a few "wow!" points if you failed to pick up on them previously. But it certainly doesn't go and hold your hand to explain everything. So there is definitely a sense of befuddlement, even as the credits play.
And to add to the befuddlement, it's never entirely clear how much we (as a viewer) should be trusting anything we see. What if the whole thing is a hypnotically-induced fantasy? Credits roll and the perpetrator is still in charge. Or, what if none of it was hypnosis to begin with? The possibilities are endless when presented with an unreliable situation like this, particularly when the filming style takes on such symbolic, dreamlike qualities.
August 2, 2014
Shane Carruth enjoys breaking the average movie current. "Upstream Color" is intriguing in its romantic sci-fi take on a drug. Yet, the most powerful thing about this film is its beauty. Unlike Primer, 'Color' is pleasing to the eye. Even though the plot was still spinning in my head, I couldn't help but admit- that was a beautiful.
May 18, 2013
I give this movie both a 2 and a 4 at the once.
July 31, 2014
Despite not living up to the even more confusing Primer, Shane Carruth's second feature film is still an interestingly experimental and visually stunning piece of arthouse cinema