Zenith (2011)

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In a hellish future where human beings have become stupefied by the state of permanent happiness they have been genetically altered to experience, Jack (Peter Scanavino) offers relief via drugs that cause his customers the welcome phenomenon of pain. But when Jack receives a mysterious videotape of his dead father, he sets out to unmask the dangerous conspiracy that has created this dystopian world. -- (C) Cinema Purgatorio

Rating: NC-17
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Vladan Nikolic
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 14, 2011
Box Office: $7.9k
Runtime:
Cinema Purgatorio - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Zenith

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

To say the least, "Zenith" is challenging and elusive; it evokes a bleak view of the human condition and a sense that pervasive paranoia might well be justified.

Full Review… | February 3, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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For traditionalists who prefer their movies unfettered and non-interactive, "Zenith'' happens to be pretty good, though it's longer on style and atmosphere than clarity of storytelling.

Full Review… | January 27, 2011
Boston Globe
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While Zenith is fascinating to contemplate as a concept, it doesn't fully work as a piece of entertainment-at least not in 90-minute-movie form.

Full Review… | January 20, 2011
AV Club
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This bewildering collision of noir narration and purple paranoia may be long on atmosphere but is woefully short on sense.

Full Review… | January 19, 2011
New York Times
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Smoothly incorporating influences as diverse as Philip K. Dick and Terry Gilliam, Zenith commands attention and builds suspense by taking inventive detours through familiar territory.

Full Review… | January 18, 2011
Variety
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A brooding science-fiction trip enjoyed largely as a monologue. Luckily, Nikolic's lust for paranoid desperation is powerful, and his way with actors is stunningly graceful.

Full Review… | January 4, 2011
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Zenith

½

In the near future, life is so easy and pleasant that people seek out illegal drugs that cause pain; meanwhile, a drug-dealer uncovers tapes made by his ex-priest conspiracy theorist father that suggest something called "Zenith" is controlling society. Some good, interesting ideas but the execution is so confused that the movie never gets in a groove, then skips the track entirely with a tired twist ending.

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