Zenith (2011)



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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
Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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David Thornton
as Rudolf Berger
Jason Robards III
as Ed Crowley
Jay O Sanders
as Doug Oberts
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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

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.

Full Review… | February 3, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review… | January 27, 2011
Boston Globe
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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.

Full Review… | January 20, 2011
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 18, 2011
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | January 18, 2011
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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.

Full Review… | January 4, 2011
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Zenith

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 Brogan
Robert Brogan

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Stylistically paranoid and beautifully atmospheric, Zenith is obviously influenced by other dystopian tales and has a neat take on the genre. Unfortunately, it doesn't come together in a satisfying story. It fails to deliver on its premise, never reaching the peak just adding more and more layers without resolution.

John Wagner
John Wagner

ugh I struggled to get through this movie... If there was a point other than "i need pain to make me feel alive" I totally missed it. emo.............. don't waste your time.

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