Yesterday Was a Lie (2009)
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Critic Reviews for Yesterday Was a Lie
James Kerwin's conceptually ambitious low-budget debut offers stunning black-and-white HD cinematography, a sultry jazz score and a refreshingly high-minded script, but feels hopelessly amateurish in the acting department.
Yesterday Was a Lie deals with some heady themes, and Brown strikes some nice notes on her character's frustrated journey, but the film is finally too disjointed and incomprehensible to be enjoyed as much else besides an exercise in style.
The sci-fi noir is a movie of intelligence, imagination and mostly beautiful execution, which is why Yesterday Was a Lie is not quite a success, but far more than a respectable failure.
This film is highly recommended for those who appreciate a good, dark portrayal of the human psyche. Be warned: it won't hold your hand.
Audience Reviews for Yesterday Was a Lie
Rarely do you come across such a modest production so balanced in heart, soul and mind, not to mention a sizable amount of style not only for noir fans or sci-fi fans, but just plain film fans.
Unfortunately the movie did not live up to much of the hype I had read on it. It was the Noir premise with the Sci-Fi twist that drew me to check out this movie. Sadly, the acting and script left little to desire or enjoy. It's strong point, the story itself, the different twist's & turn the story line takes, and the recurring interaction of the different characters. If your into either genre (noir or Sci-Fi), you'll most likely check it out to establish your own opinion, otherwise, there are plenty of better movies in both genre to keep one satisfied.
If you're a total sucker for noir with a sci-fi twist you'll find just enough interesting about this to sit through most of it. Mostly though it's reminiscent of cut-scenes you would find in late 90's PC adventure games; bad acting pasted on gorgeous landscapes. Except the problem here is that you have to sit through an hour and a half of it...all the while having to remind yourself that it's only rated PG and there aren't going to be any lesbian makeout scenes despite the appearance to the contrary, Trench coats and fedoras for everyone! And I mean literally everyone.
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