Owen Wilson (Shanghai Midday, Zoolander) performs a person who finds himself flitting between two worlds, one among which is supposedly a simulation, in Bliss, a brand new science fiction movie coming to Amazon Prime subsequent month that co-stars Salma Hayek (Desperado, Frida). Certain, the essential idea sounds a bit like a ripoff of The Matrix with a touch of Solaris, however Mike Cahill is the director, which bodes effectively for Bliss being a brisker tackle a well-known premise.
Cahill, you see, additionally directed the 2011 indie sci-fi movie, One other Earth—his first function—which obtained a standing ovation at its premiere and gained the Alfred P. Sloan Prize on the 2011 Sundance Movie Pageant. It was additionally among the many prime 10 indie movies of the 12 months chosen by the Nationwide Board of Evaluate Awards. Cahill’s 2014 followup function, I Origins, additionally snagged the Sloan Prize; Cahill is the one director to have twice gained the award. In brief, he is received some severe indie sci-fi movie avenue cred.
The plot of One other Earth centered on the invention of a mirror Earth planet, the place everybody has a doppelgänger. Clearly, Cahill is all for exploring themes of duality, as a result of he is returned to that wealthy vein for Bliss (to not be confused with the 2019 Incredible Fest number of the identical title.) Per the official premise: “An unfulfilled man (Wilson) and a mysterious girl (Hayek) imagine they’re dwelling in a simulated actuality, however when their newfound ‘Bliss’ world begins to bleed into the ‘ugly’ world, they have to resolve what’s actual and the place they honestly belong.”
“I’ve an image in my head of a spot,” Wilson’s Greg says in a voiceover because the trailer opens and he sketches tranquil scenes on a notepad. “I do not know if it is actual. However it has a sense, and the sensation’s actual.” His daughter Emily (Nesta Cooper) calls about her upcoming commencement, and whereas he assures her he’ll be there within the bleachers cheering her on, it is clear his job is each demanding of his time and probably in jeopardy. (“Taking the break day in right here? The large boss desires to see you,” a co-worker informs him.) To drown his sorrows, he goes to a neighborhood bar, the place he meets Hayek’s Isabel. “You are actual,” she says, telling him that each one the individuals he sees exterior aren’t actual—the 2 of them are simply in a simulation.
In what’s admittedly a really Matrix transfer, Isabel pulls him out of the “simulation,” and he finds himself in her laboratory. She is Dr. Isabel Clemens, mastermind behind a expertise referred to as Mind Field, which plugs individuals into “ugly simulated worlds to generate appreciation for the true world.” Greg does not keep in mind something about this idyllic “actual” world he is now experiencing—though his sketches trace that he would possibly subconsciously keep in mind—as romance blooms with Isabel.
The trailer cleverly flits forwards and backwards between the “actual” and “ugly” worlds, and Greg turns into more and more disoriented. Time seems to go in a different way in every world, too. Greg thinks he is solely been away for just a few days, however when he sees Emily, she tells him she graduated two weeks in the past, and he or she insists that quickly he’ll have to decide on between these two worlds. (In the meantime, Isabel assures him Emily is not actual.) Then issues begin to go significantly haywire within the ugly simulation. Bonus: we get a Invoice Nye sighting, whose character comes bearing a warning that severe questions have been raised about Isabel’s analysis. All in all, Bliss seems to be like an intriguing movie.
Bliss debuts on Amazon Prime on February 5, 2021.
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