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  • "Paranoia will destroy ya…" wrote the Kinks many years ago. The paranoia in this film…well, you'll have to watch the film yourself to see what happens. Step into a grim, surrealistic world (think Dada does Kafka) where strange, unexplained things are going on. A mysteriously empty box that keeps appearing on the doorstep of Simon (played by Jeremy Sisto, people dying under odd circumstances. Simon's world is dreary, dark, depressing and confusing. It is peopled by others who are as confused and zombie-like as he has become—Trish, the cancer ward nurse (played by Deborah Unger), who uses kinky sex to make herself feel alive after being around so much death, the inventor (played by Udo Keir) of a weird robot head, the peculiar custodian played by Lance Hendricksen. Their souls are being sucked dry by a culture that demands that they perform, conform, consume. The only character with energy in this soulless atmosphere is the Neighbor, a sleazy director of S&M porn games, played by Bruce Payne with his customary intensity and nuance.( Why is he left out of the DVD credits?! His is the most memorable character. I second Brittmatt2005's excellent comments on the message board.).

    Though unrelentingly grim, it is worth seeing more than once. This Kafkaesque film is textured, with many levels of meaning woven into the surrealistic package. There are many messages to be extracted---the dangers of amoral corporations out to control and out of control, the deadening effects of a conformist society, questioning of the extreme measures people will go to to feel alive in a dreary world (TV "Reality" shows, anyone?). By the end of the film, the mystery of the box is revealed. It is a trick that is, as Max Headroom once said, only "20 minutes into the future," a science fiction about to turn into science fact. Is this all a metaphor for what is going on now in our culture? See for yourself. This film, unlike the majority of sorry excuses for entertainment out there, will make you think.
  • In an undefined society, the computer analyst Simon J. (Jeremy Sisto) has a paranoid behavior, compulsively buying milk and receiving mysterious empty packages in his apartment. Although having surveillance everywhere inside the building, there are some dwellers mysteriously dying. His next-door neighbors are Trish (Deborah Kara Unger), a nurse in a cancer hospital that practices kinky sex to feel alive; Derrick (Udo Kier), an inventor living alone with the company of an eerie robot head; and a producer of SM videos and games (Bruce Payne). The janitor of the building, Howard (Lance Henriksen) seems to be a friend of Simon. There is also the administrator of the building and Nile (Eugene Byrd), who brings deliveries with his motorcycle to his clients. Simon tries to figure out what is happening with him.

    In a heavy and uncomfortable atmosphere and with bizarre characters, this Kafkaesque film is a weird and intriguing story with potential of cult-movie. Very open to many interpretations, without being conclusive, it is a movie that makes the viewer think about how far the huge corporations might go in their relationship with consumers to achieve their targets. The distance between people living physically so close without knowing each other; the lack of privacy; the exaggeration in the consume; all of these situations are pictured and highlighted in this very interesting film, which deserves to be watched more than once. My vote is seven.

    Title (Brazil): "Um Ponto Zero" ("One Point Zero")
  • franlorin29 March 2005
    This is one absolutely fantastic movie - I had to watch it more than once to read the newspaper articles shown in the early part of the movie - the main character, a computer programmer, can't quite complete a program code that he is supposed to write, since he seems to be slowly losing his mind - he is pressed to find out why this is happening (i.e., "paranoia") - this movie is not only entertaining and suspenseful - but it also represents a well established fear of big biotechnology (and other) corporations' power and desire to control the minds of consumers, just to sell their products - this was quite impressive - I am expecting sequels and copy-cats to show up soon - the theme is right on point with today's market-driven economy - I noticed that there seemed to be an effort by the producer/director to block out any mention or hint of known consumer product brands of any kind, such as Intel/windows computers, etc. - it was difficult, if not impossible to decide when the storyline took place, e.g., in present-day, near present, or far into the future - this movie definitely merits further discussion
  • avideno11 November 2004
    I saw this film at Sundance, and think it is by far the best looking film I have seen there. The greatest thing about it is that you can really see the amazing artistic/creative ability of the filmmakers. Each shot is like a beautiful photograph, carefully chosen but not pretentious. The look of the film enables the viewer to have an "experience" of a future that is bleak. (And I loved the choice of using retro looking phones/appliances, etc.--Rather than a bright future, I was certain this one was grim.) Generally speaking, I am not a fan of sci-fi, but I did not feel like I needed to be for this film--I would not classify this film as sci-fi...but that's just my opinion.

    Although not everyone seems to agree that the story was worth telling...I disagree. I completely bought into it, and enjoyed it each step of the way.

    My only question is, why is this a straight to video release? It should be viewed in the theatre where one can really appreciate it's beauty.
  • I can't believe more people haven't seen this film. I downloaded this film from the internet by chance last year before it came out (It was called "One Point O" then), and I told so many of my friends that they made the trek to the Montreal Film Festival to see it. I anticipated that it would also show in the Toronto Film Festival (where I live) but unfortunately it did not.

    The cast is brilliant. Udo Kier as a creepy neighbor. Lance Henrickson (in something watchable for a change) as a basement dwelling bum, the deliciously sexy Deborah Kara Unger play the main character Jeremy Sisto's (Six Feet Under, Wrong Turn) love interest.

    This film actually kept me guessing until the end. It's well paced, originally written, and beautifully shot. It's the exact style of science fiction that I love the most.

    I just picked up the DVD, now called "Paranoia: 1.0" (I prefer the original title). It's a must have for any sci-fi fan.
  • It is easy to draw parallels between this movie and contemporary science fiction like The Matrix or less astute films like the Thirteenth Floor.

    However, there is another level of storytelling in this film, something very akin to the way science fiction was told in the late 50's. Reminiscent of classical Twilight Zone or the more modern Cronenberg tradition of weird but very compelling scifi, One Point O makes a point that very few contemporary science fiction films does: it's not about effects or flashy stunts, convoluted terms or flashy names for characters. It's about the actor, director and the film crew telling a story.

    The film is strange, no doubt, and maybe somewhat inaccessible to many viewers. But it delivers everything it promises in the outset, and in my opinion succeeds where so many others fail; Minority Report to name but one.

    On the contrary to what many seem to think, I found the film quite clear. I had no trouble following the story and wasn't surprised at the end - but in my opinion there is no attempt made to surprise you.

    One Point O is a film I will see many times again, as there are so many little details to be found - in the sets, the dialog and the characters.

    Certainly it is NOT a film for the impatient.
  • Caught this at Sundance and HIGHLY recommend. Think you got it all under control? Think you know what you want and why? Think again. Who said film can't be fun AND have a point? Great idea. Looks amazing. And killer soundtrack. This thing stayed with me for days. Yeah, we've seen computers and programmers in sci-fi before. This is closer to home than you think if you know anything about nanotechnology or the machinations corporate America. But then, once, no one believed in the internet either. I loved this film. Easily one of my festival faves. Lance Henriksen rocked.
  • Have you ever left the theater with more questions than when you came in? Check this one out. One point O is a refreshing alternative to the Hollywood formula ..... beautifully shot and well directed, with a cast and dialog that is right on. The intrigue never lets up. The film was the subject of many Interpretations and discussions long after leaving the theater. One Point O is an all-too-realistic near-future portrayal of individuals becoming isolated and paranoid - eventually targeted by the ultimate corporate marketing ploy. This is truly a unique script! This was my favorite at Sundance this year.
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    This film left me in a very melancholy and thoughtful mood. It's an outstanding achievement, and although it only made the indie festivals and not the big screen, my old saying applies: The stuff that usually makes it to big screens is crap I don't have any desire to see anyway.

    PARANOIA: 1.0 is a moody, shadowy, thought-provoking modern fable that Aesop himself would have been proud to say he conjured up if he was living in our day. Like his stories, this one has a moral to it, a lesson, about corporate greed, corruption, and manipulation.

    Simon J (Jeremy Sisto) is a hacker who works for one of the big corporations. Like Angela Bennett of THE NET, he lives alone and isolated, and prefers the safety of home to getting out and being in the world. The only time he does go out is to buy Nature Fresh Milk from the store nearby, and he consumes it by the quarts. His boss is mad at him because he isn't meeting deadlines, and his landlord is threatening to evict him.

    His dimly lit apartment building is occupied by people who are stranger than him: A pornographer/game programmer (Bruce Payne), an eccentric (Udo Kier) who is "building" his first child, a singing handyman (Lance Henriksen), and a cancer nurse (Debra Kara Unger)who sees so much death and suffering on the job that she's on the verge of burnout.

    I don't want to reveal a lot of the plot. It's very rewarding to find that out for yourself. Suffice it to say that it has lots of twists, and the outcome will surprise you. Another IMDb user described this film as "without a hero", but I found myself hard pressed not to call a certain character a hero when the end came.

    Visually, the film is very beautiful, with a sumptuous color palette in addition to many dark sequences.

    Sisto's acting performance is beautiful in this film, especially in scenes where Simon is terrorized by the things happening in and around him. His emotion with the character Trish is amazing to watch.

    For a refreshing side trip away from the mainstream stuff, I highly recommend 1.0. 10 out of 10 stars!!!
  • In the near future a young software engineer is the victim of scheme for his mind. Paranoia and fear take over in a quest for survival. The horrible end seems inevitable. For he will be less and less able to make the difference between real and unreal, who to trust and who not.

    The viewer is in the same position here, so you also have to make up your mind and try to figure out what is happening here. The clock is ticking.

    Nice obscure characters and reliable acting by most of them. Although the dialogues could have been a little bit more acute.

    If you like movies which leave you search for answers and will not give you all of them, go see this one. A little bit like Cronenberg.
  • Well it's finally been seen in the UK! Others reviewers have gone into vast detail so I'll leave that but stay away from matrix comparisons in terms of overall movie feel. Yes there's a computer programme affecting the lives of human inhabitants or at least so the main character believes but it's gritty and more cerebral. Think 1984 meets dark city on the budget of Pi! (Well OK a bit more cash than that, but not much!) I loved Lance Henrikson and Udo Kier in cameo roles, they introduce some lighter moments in the film and do so to good effect. Overall its not one for the masses but sci-fi and genre fans will appreciate it. Overall I enjoyed it and it was worth braving bank holiday crowds in central London. Finally the comments in regard to frederik Pohl mentioned in another's review are right on the money
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    This movie definitely had a smaller budget than most movies of this stature. It will also definitely boggle your mind. The end contains good closure to give it a good finish. The actors/actresses did a wonderful job. If you're looking for something like The Matrix, or just love technology movies (note: this will not confuse you if you are not technological adept.) you will like this. The music, oh my, the music went perfectly with this and made the movie very emotional.

    ** Spoiler **

    Be sure to pay attention at the very end, as it will tell you everything. Watch carefully when they show his head on the floor.
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    I recently viewed this at the Sundance Film Fest. I have an overall positive opinion of the film. The semi-futuristic world created is a very unique and interesting one. The photography in the film is outstanding. Very deep reds and greens give a feel comparable to a Fincher film. Lance Henriksen and Udo Kier give wonderful performances. Sisto and Unger are better than adequate. The story builds up very well to the explanation of the odd behavior of Simon J (Sisto) and his fellow apartment building dwellers. The explanation, however, is where I find a problem.

    **Spoiler**

    It is revealed that the mysterious packages appearing in Simon's apartment, though they appear to be empty, actually contain tiny "nanomites" that enter his body and begin to manipulate his behavior; most notably, these mites force him to buy and consume large quantities of Nature Fresh Milk. The conspiracy of forced consumption is developed more, but I couldn't help feel like the whole concept was a little trivial.

    The directors, the D.P. (Chris Soos), Deborah Unger, and Jeremy Sisto were present for a Q&A following the screening. Some interesting things mentioned: The directors each have a past of making commercials; the D.P. has directed multiple music videos for Sigur Ros (they have at least one song in the movie); it was all filmed in Bucharest; at Jeremy Sisto's suggestion (he is also producer), the budget was not disclosed to the audience.
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    One Point O is a strange, beautiful film, with a script so curious and engaging it stays in your thoughts and dreams long after the credits roll. Many of the questions asked by the film remain unanswered and concepts left ambiguous at the film's conclusion, and although this is not for everyone's tastes, I for one love this type of storytelling most out of all the narrative templates. There's nothing I love more than a difficult, surreal and challenging film that let's the viewer ponder what has actually happened.

    Jeremy Sisto is restrained and vague as Simon, the paranoid computer programmer who is having troubles with his fellow residents in the dank, dimly lit, creepy apartment complex in which he lives. Bruce Payne is hilariously weird as his rambunctious, kooky neighbor, and the always lovely and talented Deborah Kara Unger is great as a moody, messed up girl he has relations with. Lance Henriksen steaks the show however, as a philosophical bum/caretaker of the building. He is positively dynamic and electric in his role, and the very last scene with benevolent monologue is the kicker of the whole film.

    If you enjoy cryptic, open ended storytelling, unconventional casting and cinematography and an eerie, unsettling atmosphere to rival anything by David Lynch or similar filmmakers.
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    Saw this creepy film at Sundance January of '04, and it was very effective at creating a claustrophobic yet outlandish Gilliamesque environment consistent with its theme, namely the pervasive and unchecked spread of embedded consumerism.

    Sisto delivers an increasingly out of control performance that is riveting to watch, and it's a kick to see Lance Henriksen play an off-kilter role like this, though I'd have liked to see it pay off with greater impact. Udo Kier is his usual deliciously kooky self, and Deborah Unger is gorgeously melancholy as usual. That's a good thing, though I'd really like to see this woman get a role she can break out with.

    The film takes a bit to work up a rhythm, but becomes genuinely unsettling for the better part of its running time, and it generates a number of uncomfortable and truthful laughs.

    All in all, it was a cool Sundance find, but I also know there's an audience out there that appreciates this kind of work (Gilliam, PKD and other literate speculative fiction lovers), and I think they'll be more than satisfied with this debut from Renfroe and Thorsson.
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    Cronenberg's "Videodrome" meets Arnofski's "Pi".

    Psychological and confusing like a Twilight Zone episode, technological and preachy like The Outer Limits, "One Point O" has a definite classic sci-fi feeling to it.

    The music and sounds of the movie are excellent, together with the grittiness of the close-ups, the camera angles, the dark environments and over saturated colors, the directors successfully convey the paranoid schizophrenic mood of the movie onto it's viewers.

    The acting was convincing, and most of the characters were very interesting, and well cast.

    Contrary to previous comments, this movie does indeed have a plot, and a great one at that. Granted, if you're not technically inclined, or have a short attention span, you may not get what's happening or just fail to see the plot entirely. So this movie is not for everyone, but then again, what movie is? Most male geeks aged 20-30 will like "One Point 0".

    The movie progresses at a steady pace, slowly giving the audience more information. At any point in the movie, save for the ending, the audience only knows as much as the main character knows. Some of the information conflicts leading to assumptions and more questions(is it a video game? is it a conspiracy? is he insane?), but this only reflects the confusion the main character is feeling.

    I feel I should write more about this movie, but everything I have to say seems to be speculation, spoiler, or discussion.

    To sum up my review, "One Point O" is an awesome piece of environmental/psychological science fiction. The movie will keep you guessing while you're watching it and will leave you with questions when it's over.
  • Rogue-3227 August 2006
    I'm generally a sucker for a film that lures you in by its atmosphere, without telling you too much, letting the story evolve slowly, leaving the viewer with somewhere to go, something to figure out while watching. One Point O is that film, in spades.

    It's yer basic sci fi thriller, with nanotechnology, mind control, kinky sex and seriously warped (but interesting, very interesting) characters at every turn. Jeremy Sisto, as the central character, makes it compelling in a subtle way, in that I really wanted to know what the #@%! was going on with him: was the whole thing in his mind, or was it happening in reality, or what? While the film doesn't spell everything out - which is a good thing, a very good thing - there's enough info that, by the end, the conscientious viewer can get the gist of what's transpired. I do recommend a second viewing, though - get the DVD, as I plan to do, since this one's not shown on cable that often.

    I see this film as having tremendous cult appeal, where audience members dress accordingly and hover in a suspiciously extra-dark and oddly damp screening room, late at night. Also a good thing.
  • sayhitowarren29 July 2005
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    I just finished watching Paranoia 1.0. While this film is not going on my list of all time favorite films, I did find it very entertaining. The filmmakers have nothing to be ashamed of. I was particularly struck by the similarities between this film and Orson Welles' 1962 film of Kafka's The Trial (Le Procès). The Romanian locations do for Paranoia some of what the Yugoslavian locations did for the Trial. Paranoia gives a cyberpunk angle on the Kafkaesque theme of the internalization of social structure, particularly the mentality of consumerism. Although Kafka did not explicitly address consumerism, I think he might if he was alive and writing in the 21st century. The sub-themes of sexual guilt and infection are very much from Kafka. And the police are especially Kafkaesque. I also detected the influence of David Cronenberg, especially his media-related films Videodrome and eXistenZ. I think there was also a little bit of Kubrick influence. I saw this in the neighbor's AI project which sort of a existential, postmodern, frankensteinian, Edvard Munchian version of 2001's Hal and AI's David. He goes "Aaahhhhh ..." You might say the same thing after watching this movie, especially if literary/philosophical sci fi/fantasy is not your bag.
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    It's a hard film to critique because of the extremely poor transfer, film to DVD. I picked this up at a local food market and presume that the distributor bottom- lined it.

    Had to fight to concentrate on the story because of the visual "muddiness". Literally couldn't always tell what was visually happening.

    Story of course has been done plenty of times before as any long-time sci-fi fan knows. I became irritated with the main character in his not figuring out the source of his and the other characters problems. Though I'm not usually unsympathetic to some well placed poetic license being used, the ending of this film, brain transfered to the robot, made me think that the writer/producers didn't have a sure hand on what all the proceeding nihilistic story was leading to. Should have ended with a clean up of the building and a whole new group of test subjects moving in.
  • Paranoia 1.0 portrayed a not-so-distant future of isolation and corruption. Our protagonist - Simon J - suffers from the very beginning and his deteriorating state grows exponentially by the end. There is a clever gimmick behind his "sickness" which I can agree to be plausible.

    This cinematic adventure's strengths are not in the casting, but in a grim atmosphere that entices the viewer with a special peek into the world of a paranoid being. This is done exceedingly well and I give much respect to the set designers.

    Overall, 1.0 is a look into what corporate power may one day be able to exact upon the masses, in ever evolving, technologically proficient world.
  • This film is an amazing dark thriller that is greatly filmed in a noir-style type. The settings are always dark, mysterious and full of a surrealist ambiance that grabs you in suspense since the beginning until the end of the movie. The plot, which is extremely confusing, is passed in a near future, where almost everything is similar to the present except the nanotechnology, which is more advanced…

    I love the kind of cinematography which is presented in this movie: the mysterious characters, the dark settings, the strange and confusing plot, the surreal ambiences, those camera shots from the most bizarre angles… However, in this particular case, I didn't appreciate very much its ending (which I will not spoil), maybe because I was expecting some kind of different disclosure. It doesn't mean the end is bad, not at all, but I was expecting something else… Just because of that I will score this movie as 9/10 and not the 10/10 I was thinking I would give it when I was watching the movie…

    Anyway, it's an excellent movie made in some Sci-Fi and surreal standards that shows us a possible scenario to the future, when the technology and the informatics systems will mess (even more!) with our brains!
  • Is it safe? Is it safe? Is it safe?

    I don't think so!!!

    "1.0" will serve'n'dice you up into Kubrick-esque mind games. Clockwork Orange does come to mind here. In the very near future, one company (F.A.R.M) controls 90% of the worlds food products and most other supermarket items. To reap more greedy profits, it starts conducting experiments in 16 unsuspecting apartment buildings. Mysterious packages arrive, but contain nothing in them. They keep coming and coming, but still they are empty? F.A.R.M. buys up local hospitals, to cover up the mysterious deaths of an experiment gone insanely wrong. Its hard to tell more without giving away the rest of dee story. Well worth the watch, folks. Sir Stanley Kubrick would be proud of these two "first-time directors", already Renfroe and Thorsson were aptly named by Variety magazine as the 2004 top-ten hot new directors to watch out for.

    Ensemble cast of characters, "Six Feet Under" star, Jeremy Sisto (Simon J), luscious Deborah Unger (nurse Trish), Lance Hendrickson (Howard), Udo Kier (Derrick), and others should easily win dee SAG (Screen Actors Guild) ensemble acting prize for 2004. As of yet, its still not released, but when it does, it will be the sleeper film of dee year folks, and quite possibly, in the top-ten grossing film of 2004...can't wait..........SHANG SHANG...y'all!!!
  • What begins as a paranoid gloss on David Lynch's "Eraserhead" (the central character is an antisocial loner in a fittingly creepy apartment complex) eventually unravels and stalls due to its own hyper-allegoric art-house pretensions. But for a while, it's an engrossing, unconventionally entertaining tale of a computer programmer (Jeremy Sisto) who receives empty packages inside his apartment...even after he changes the locks. While it's clearly a work of science fiction, the conceptualization of "the future" is presented in a minimalist manner–save for some complex-looking computer screens and virtual-reality scenes–that envelops the cerebral thriller elements quite nicely. In addition to "Eraserhead", it also bears some resemblance to David Cronenberg's more playful "eXistenZ," with a similar emphasis on the blurred line between hallucination and reality (metaphors abound), but the double- and triple-crosses the plot lays out eventually become tiresome.
  • Seemingly set somewhere in a rather bleak near future, Simon keeps working on code for a program. He never quite gets it finished and after continued threats of termination is finally fired. This is the least of his worries.

    Every so often he runs out to the store for milk and other items. He doesn't buy all that much, but the prices (in whatever undefined currency) keep on going up. "Twenty-one fifty two" "Thirty-two fifty-two" "Eighty-seven fifty-seven".

    Simon seems to have a thing for milk - another resident is big on Kola 500 - and the building super is well-stocked on Farm Cut meat. Why these monomanias, which nobody seems to recognize as such? And what's with all these empty packages arriving anonymously at Simon's?

    There seem to be little bits and pieces peeking out from other science fiction works throughout the film:

    "You're in the game - do you want to lead, or do you want to follow?" sounds like eXistenZ;

    "I can show you things" - shades of Roy Batty's comment to the ocular genetic engineer in Blade Runner -"If you could see what I've seen with your eyes";

    the "vision box" seemed somewhat similar to the "Mercer box" in PKD's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?";

    the premise of Frederick Pohl's "The Tunnel Under the World" (Alternating Currents) seems to feed into the food monomania(s).

    There's a bit of the tension between "there's nothing new under the sun" by the writer of Ecclesiastes and Goethe's "everything has been thought of before; the trouble is to think of it again," throughout the film. I kept wondering if (and hoping that) the film would become more than the sum of its parts.

    It had its moments of dry humor - "What happened to your couch? I thought it cleaned itself?"

    "It's broken."

    No matter how sophisticated technology gets there'll always be a need for repair - no doubt increasing with the complexity of the system.

    Detectives stop by to see Simon - he tries to avoid them. He gets the phone call termination: "Simon J.? You're fired." Simon tries to explain the difficulties he's been dealing with - the reasons his work's been delayed. What's this project all about, anyway?

    "We only work on a specific part - we don't know the big picture."

    Perhaps a few more viewings will put more pieces together.
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    I was one of the lucky ones that got to see the screening of ONE POINT O at the Sundance Film Festival. The directors have captured the corruption of mass media advertising through hypnotizing imagines and several overwhelmingly powerful performances.

    I highly recommend this movie to anyone who wants to have a new, refreshing movie going experience.
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