Neophytes and Neon Lights (2001)

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In a world where teleportation has replaced air travel, 5 unemployed people try to survive in Sydney's underground.



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18 November 2003 | Nullness
Mallrats meets Kids Meets Clockwork Orange meets Usual Suspects
This film, though suffering from obvious budget restraints, nontheless pulls off a novel idea rather well. Taking place in the future for some reason, this film follows the exploits of a group of street kids through their relationships with one another and the powerplays of a "transportation" station outside of Australia. Tension ensues when one of the kids is forced to show his loyalty to the leader by stealing a mysterious bag from an equally mysterious old man.

There are plenty of funny moments throughout the film, and some clever and witty lines. The setting is unique, and there are a few novel apporaches to the old sci-fi cliche, most impressively i think by the scientific breakthrough that drinking urine is good for you.

Maybe it's the accents, but i found most of the actors to fit their roles appropriatly, and for there to be a chemistry and dynamic between the charactors interactions with each other. The filming (un?)fortunately has a amatuerish feel to it, intentionally or not, that ironically gives the situations a realistic feel despite the fantastic setting. Nontheless, their are some awkward transitions and apparently extrenous scenes. The synthesizer score is nothing to write home about, but there are some cool original songs scattered throughout that breath in some fresh air. The begening animation is a little bit out of place, and the twist-ending was somewhat lost on me, but other than that, i thought this movie was a fine example of what can be done with a very limited budget.

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24 August 2001



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