The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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And while fans of the genre will absolutely appreciate the surreal gloom, for most others Level 16 will come in at a level below an average Twilight Zone episode.
But as it sputters toward its curtain-exposing conclusion, "Level 16" stays disappointingly thin, both as a dark-future cautionary saga and a genre exercise.
Initial hints of a Mean Girls-meets-Lord of the Flies complication don't come to much in this straightforward pic...
From the opening frames of this smart sci-fi story, we are thrust into the perfectly realized microcosmos of the Vestalis Academy.
It's an invented reality that's awfully easy to sell.
Level 16 succeeds as a hybrid of the kind of dystopian paranoia we get from Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale with touches of sanitized malevolence from Stanley Kubrick.
Plucky, rough-around-the-edges thriller... Low budget, but it has an engaging sci-fi story.
The entirety of Level 16 rests on the relationship between the female leads, while flirting with social norms of femininity and beauty. On that front, it definitely works well enough to warrant a viewing.
A female-focused tale of science-fiction dystopian thrills, Level 16 makes a strong and powerful statement; one that deserves to be seen by all. For those thinking science-fiction is a man's world, prepare to think again.
Though it struggles from the inevitable difficulty in producing a denouement that fully satisfies after all this build-up, Level 16 is a beautifully structured and profoundly disturbing film anchored by strong performances from its young leads.
Drawing on the disturbing hermetic worlds of Innocence, Never Let Me Go and The Handmaid's Tale, Level 16 places us in a supposedly educational environment that is rearing meek, docile illiterates for a purpose that will only gradually become clear.
The world in Level 16 feels like it was created because it's trendy right now to make art about repressed women.
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