Eden Log

2007, Sci-fi/Mystery & thriller, 1h 38m

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An amnesiac awakens inside a cave.

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Critic Reviews for Eden Log

All Critics (8) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (4)

  • Though it looks like a highly polished, quasi-avant-garde bit of speculative fiction, contemporary French sci-fi flick Eden Log is really a far-flung descendant of the Heavy Metal comics of the '70s and '80s.

    March 16, 2011 | Full Review…
  • A passable French sci-fi film, but far from great.

    May 22, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Eden Log is frustrating to follow and has a protagonist almost completely devoid of personality, but Vestiel does have a certain visual flair, even if in this case it seems more suited to a video game than a movie.

    May 8, 2009 | Full Review…
  • accepts no emotional stakes in its premise and gives the viewer only the simple task of reaching its finale

    January 29, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/5
  • a dark treat which, far from patronising us with excessive exposition, leaves plenty of room in which the viewer can either wither or flourish

    November 11, 2008 | Full Review…
  • French SF effort that involves a copious amount of grunting . . .

    November 6, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Though it looks like a highly polished, quasi-avant-garde bit of speculative fiction, contemporary French sci-fi flick Eden Log is really a far-flung descendant of the Heavy Metal comics of the '70s and '80s.

    March 16, 2011 | Full Review…
  • A passable French sci-fi film, but far from great.

    May 22, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Eden Log is frustrating to follow and has a protagonist almost completely devoid of personality, but Vestiel does have a certain visual flair, even if in this case it seems more suited to a video game than a movie.

    May 8, 2009 | Full Review…
  • accepts no emotional stakes in its premise and gives the viewer only the simple task of reaching its finale

    January 29, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/5
  • a dark treat which, far from patronising us with excessive exposition, leaves plenty of room in which the viewer can either wither or flourish

    November 11, 2008 | Full Review…
  • French SF effort that involves a copious amount of grunting . . .

    November 6, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Eden Log

  • Sep 25, 2016
    Meh. Admittedly I don't tend to like sci fi anyhow,but this was dark (filmed, not tone), slow and dull.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2011
    Superbly shot, intriguing premise told by a sort of videogame aesthetic with the protagonist going to the next level where new dangers await, great concept, very original and fit soundtrack and a jaw dropping emotional ending that no one sees it coming (makes me want to see more of it). Unfortunently it has some big drawbacks... the acting is overall atrocious (though, fortunently there aren't many dialogues), some scenes are a bit too long and add nothing to the story and some sound design on the creatures is repetitive and imediatly recognizable from any given sound library.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2009
    I pretty enjoyed this Piece.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2009
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He must find his way out of a massive labyrinth that is very deep within the earth. In order to do so he has to collect and assimilate data and unravel clues to the bizarre circumstances in which he finds himself. Shot entirely indoors in an underground setting, this unusual science fiction film blurs the line between supposed reality and apparent fantasy. Told visually, with minimal dialogue, the viewer is disoriented by the bizarre circumstances and setting. One must see through the protagonist's eyes to decipher his otherworldly experience. The challenge is heightened by the fact that he has no memory and his world seems just as alien to him as it does to us. COMMENTS: <I>Eden Log</I> is told mainly with pictures. It is set in the near future. There is refreshingly little exposition. There are no long and grandiose on-screen paragraphs or narration at the inception telling about a land far, far away in a time long ago. As a result, the story is a bit murky. The viewer must piece the action together from the protagonist's experiences, which unfold from his point of view. The meaning of some events is not clearly delineated, and the beholder must learn how to interpret them. Due to the fact that one must suspend disbelief in order to accept certain aspects of the plot, one is never sure until the end how to understand some of Tolbiac's impressions and experiences. It is at first hard to tell what is real and what is fantasy. Tolbiac starts out at the bottom of a ruined, high-tech subterranean maze in pool of muddy water among dead bodies. He must quickly assimilate himself to his dark, cold, wet environment by scavenging clothing and equipment from a plethora of cadavers. As he does so he gradually begins to make his ascent through the hellish terrain. He encounters some frightening characters and a sequence of bizarre threats as he unravels his way through this post apocalyptic tangle. Along the route he collects and tries to translate odd clues. Gaining insight into his plight is his best chance for planning each succeeding step. Tolbiac must dodge savage humanoids and Orwellian storm troopers who may be hunting him, while he tries to decipher mysterious technological data. Tobiac encounters cryptic evidence that a totalitarian elite society controls the depths and the workers who once inhabited them. Promising sanctuary in return for "sacrifice," there seems to have been a program in place to reward the troglodytes with acceptance into a Utopian society on the surface. He finds a departure depot from which the workers would leave, ascending in illuminated cubes. Strange speaking holograms of people guide him and advise him, but they are sinister and their presentation is suspicious. Tolbiac soon digs up other holographic date elsewhere which indicates the the workers who ascended in the cubes were never heard from again. What became of them? Will he share their fate or find a way to navigate the strange and terrible gauntlet obstructing him from deliverance? And what of the gargantuan and possibly carnivorous root structure that ubiquitously pervades every level of the complex? Tolbiac's only hope seems to be gaining the acceptance of a sole surviving technician who once worked in the maze, and who is now clinging to survival herself. After she captures Tolbiac, she uses him as a diversion to save herself and abandons him. He must find her and win her trust. 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