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Critic Reviews for Zenith
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.
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.
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.
This bewildering collision of noir narration and purple paranoia may be long on atmosphere but is woefully short on sense.
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.
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.
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.
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