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There's infinitely more than one anomaly to be found in "The Anomaly," a thoroughly nonsensical futuristic sci-fi thriller that makes a case for the perils of vanity projects.
A smug, risible and far-from-anomalous attempt to beat Hollywood at its own game, from a talent whose commendable reach continues to exceed his grasp.
Has Noel Clarke directed this baffling, unconvincing sci-fi just to show the world his chiselled, rock-hard pecs?
Apparently, the only thing you have to do to make your film look futuristic is slap superfluous blue lights on everything.
Noel Clarke never shuns an opportunity to show off his buff body but displays little of the intelligence or flair needed to pull off his film's mind-stretching conceits.
It's a nifty idea - especially in terms of structure - but that's about it, with Clarke's direction proving as flat as his performance.
One day the world will find out what Noel Clarke has on Universal Pictures and it's going to change the film industry forever.
Following the Roger Corman exploitation rule book to the letter, The Anomaly wrings maximum bangs for bucks from its tight budget while unashamedly showcasing the director's buff assets.
Best described as a noble failure.
Admittedly, in director/star Noel Clarke's low-budget sci-fi actioner, the acting and script do provoke surprise: both are so bad, you find yourself wondering if what's unfolding is some kind of parody.
Saddled with unsayable dialogue and variable special effects, it's a corny and hackneyed film with ideas well above its station, that underwhelms from the start.
The Anomaly has all the ingredients of a winning formula, in the wrong measures.
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