Critic Reviews for Puzzlehead
Puzzlehead reveals the selfishness of creation with style, originality and the understanding that even a tin man can have a heart.
A gothic tale with roots deep in Shelly's Frankenstein. Bai takes the part that most adaptations toss out, the moral education of the monster, and puts it front and center.
Despite the low budget, the film is handsomely designed and well acted, and Bai's inventiveness turns what could easily have been liabilities into assets.
Audience Reviews for Puzzlehead
Not only does Puzzlehead appear to be set in a dystopia, it looks as if it were filmed in one. As an indie sci-fi movie it is excellent and the filmmakers do a great job of making virtues out of necessities (e.g. make the wooden acting and the low budget a part of the odd and dystopic vibe). While the scoring was surprisingly well-done, overall the sound is poor (as other reviewers have noted). Puzzlehead is not a great film but is great for what it is and I admire the spirit put into it.
There's really nothing about this that works, to put it bluntly. The characters are lifeless and unappealing. The visual aesthetic is commonplace. The scenario of machine self-awareness (creation vs creator) has already been extensively covered, and this film does nothing to put a fresh spin on any of that. It also floats on a much too level plane, never delving into the abstract or the psyche that makes the inherently bizarre story worth while.
Great idea of a man, his machine and the love interest they both share but the acting is a bit rough and the dialogue is flat. Not bad for an independant production of what is basically a long Twilight Zone episode.
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