Half-Life (2008)

Half-Life (2008)





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As time starts spinning faster and a series of natural disasters send the world plunging into chaos, the disillusioned, self-absorbed suburbanites nestled comfortably in the hills of Northern California find their lives unraveling at an alarming rate. Global cataclysms are on the rise, and the air quality around the world is at an all-time low, and as the pressure begins to build up in the mind of suburban single mother Saura Wu, a sinister charmer appears and disrupts her efforts to rebuild her family. Meanwhile, across town, a troubled girl named Pam seeks comfort in the arms of affable young hipster Scott. But while Scott is more than willing to be a good friend to Pam, he's just now coming to terms with his identity as a gay man - a reality his fundamentalist parents refuse to accept. Now, as a series of disastrous supernormal continue to unfold, Saura's son Timothy realizes that he has been gifted with paranormal powers, which he quickly learns how to develop and hone. By drawing on his unique powers, Timothy is somehow able to alter everyone's reality - but what good can this do in a world overcome by misery and catastrophe? First time feature filmmaker Jennifer Phang crafts an apocalyptic fable that takes a philosophical look at the end of the world, and shows how sometimes hope can still manage to cut through fatalism with extraordinary results. .
Art House & International , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Susan Ruttan
as Lorraine Parker
Leonardo Nam
as Scott Parker
Alexander Agate
as Timothy Wu
Lee Marks
as Jonah Robertson
Julia Nickson
as Sauru Wu
James Eckhouse
as Richard Parker
Sanoe Lake
as Pamela Wu
Ben Redgrave
as Wendell
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Critic Reviews for Half-Life

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

A precocious if rather precious debut feature for writer-director Jennifer Phang.

Full Review… | January 30, 2008
Top Critic

Marks the debut of a promising, truly independent film artist.

January 23, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A healthy serving of Californian suburban angst is topped with a drizzle of existential angst

Full Review… | October 15, 2009

Audience Reviews for Half-Life

Very imaginative and well shot indie flick. The acting is also top notch and while the story lags just a few times I feel this is very good entertainment. This film also boasts top notch social commentary about war, global warming, treatment of gays, and our socio-economic climate after the recession.

Shawn Wade
Shawn Wade

This emotionally potent experimental film hits some false notes and occasionally strains for poetic effect, but also evinces the sort of imagination that, it might be argued, is necessary for the flourishing of humanity in the world as we know it.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

A good drama to watch on a rainy day. Very inspiring characters,and the way they come together in the story is very unique.

stephen b
stephen b

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