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The Anomaly

  • Action
  • Mystery
  • 2014
  • Noel Clarke
  • 96 mins
  • 15

Summary

Sci-fi thriller starring Ian Somerhalder and Noel Clarke. A former soldier is kidnapped and wakes up in a van where he only has 9 minutes and 47 seconds to figure out how he got there before his location changes again, and again, and again.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

This admirably ambitious but poorly realised sci-fi thriller from British writer/director/actor Noel Clarke combines elements of Total Recall, The Bourne Identity and The Matrix. The action takes place in the near future, where an ex-soldier (Clarke) keeps waking up in different situations with absolutely no memory of what has happened during the intervening periods. Eventually, Ryan discovers that someone else is taking control of his mind and body during these intervals, and that he only has 9 minutes and 47 seconds each time he awakens as himself to take control of the situation. The fight scenes that punctuate the story are familiar and somewhat repetitive, but they're effectively staged and - unlike the vast majority of contemporary action flicks - you can actually tell who is punching whom. That, at least, makes for a refreshing change. In general, though, the film's promising premise is let down by ropey acting, inexplicable plot developments and clunky, exposition-heavy dialogue.

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Credits

Cast

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RyanNoel Clarke
Harkin LanghamIan Somerhalder
DanaAlexis Knapp
Agent ElkinLuke Hemsworth
Dr LanghamBrian Cox (1)
SergioMichael Bisping
LeonidNiall Fulton
Agent TravisAli Cook

Crew

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DirectorNoel Clarke

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metrodome
Released on
2014-07-04
Languages
English | Russian
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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