Zenith

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In a hellish future where human beings have become stupefied by the state of permanent happiness they have been genetically altered to experience, Jack (Peter Scanavino) offers relief via drugs that cause his customers the welcome phenomenon of pain. But when Jack receives a mysterious videotape of his dead father, he sets out to unmask the dangerous conspiracy that has created this dystopian world. -- (C) Cinema Purgatorio

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Critic Reviews for Zenith

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (5)

  • To say the least, "Zenith" is challenging and elusive; it evokes a bleak view of the human condition and a sense that pervasive paranoia might well be justified.

    February 3, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • For traditionalists who prefer their movies unfettered and non-interactive, "Zenith'' happens to be pretty good, though it's longer on style and atmosphere than clarity of storytelling.

    January 27, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • While Zenith is fascinating to contemplate as a concept, it doesn't fully work as a piece of entertainment-at least not in 90-minute-movie form.

    January 20, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    Noel Murray

    AV Club
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  • This bewildering collision of noir narration and purple paranoia may be long on atmosphere but is woefully short on sense.

    January 19, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • Smoothly incorporating influences as diverse as Philip K. Dick and Terry Gilliam, Zenith commands attention and builds suspense by taking inventive detours through familiar territory.

    January 18, 2011

    Joe Leydon

    Variety
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  • A brooding science-fiction trip enjoyed largely as a monologue. Luckily, Nikolic's lust for paranoid desperation is powerful, and his way with actors is stunningly graceful.

    January 4, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Zenith

  • Oct 08, 2015
    For indie films, I think one has to rate them differently and have different expectations. With Zenith, I think the film has good effort and spirit. But I think in order to get things out of the film, you have to put extra energy into paying attention. (It is reminiscent of Primer in that respect.) If you can tolerate amateur filmmaking, enjoy movies like 12 Monkeys and Trancers, and like trying to figure out hidden meanings and puzzles then perhaps you can make Zenith work for you.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 06, 2011
    In the near future, life is so easy and pleasant that people seek out illegal drugs that cause pain; meanwhile, a drug-dealer uncovers tapes made by his ex-priest conspiracy theorist father that suggest something called "Zenith" is controlling society. Some good, interesting ideas but the execution is so confused that the movie never gets in a groove, then skips the track entirely with a tired twist ending.
    Greg S Super Reviewer

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