Cast: Emily Somers, Travis Aaron Wade
Writer and Director: Joe Kawasaki
** and a 1/2 *'s out of Four.
Movies that incorporate futuristic ideas into their story have the danger to appear dated. Look at something like "War Games". A computer that could start a world war from someones home may have seemed far fetched back in 83, but it is more of a possibility now then back then. Same idea goes for someone to use an IPhone for global destruction. Well, destruction of what you may ask.
Stat(Emily Somers) along with her hacking friends Eva(Sonalli Castillo) and Bren(Martin Copping) help keep the Internet running smoothly. They are the ones who help make sure that no one is stealing your identity or that you are able to check your Facebook status every five minutes without any problems. When Stat awakes on the floor of her place that has been trashed. She has an IPhone glued to her hand, a broken nose and no real clear memory of who she is. As she begins finding pieces of the puzzle we are introduced to Jesse(Travis Aaron Wade). A hacker like Stat and the others but with very different ideas. He believes that people are not using the web effectively and are spending too much time posting non interesting drivel and has come up with a program that would put everything back to square one. Think of the ending to "Fight Club" but instead of blowing up banks you infect them and everything else with a virus. Now Stat and her friends must find a way to stop the clock on the IPhone from reaching zero. Because if it does I would not be able to finish this review.
I rarely comment on the look of a movie, but the cinematography by Curt Apduhan is amazing. It has a slick, shiny, polished feel to and it reminds me of looking at a brand new PC. Emily Somers is very good in the role and i wanted to see more about her character then the movie allowed me to. The real breakout performance was from Travis Aaron Wade who at first comes off as a spoiled rich kid who wants to play anarchist to piss off his daddy. Then you see him attack and tie up his girlfriend while he makes up vicious things for her to say online about her friends. I found the end scene with both Stat and Jesse to be very chilling.
The only thing I did not like about this movie was the ending, it was way too abrupt. Out of nowhere, Stat suddenly gets her memory back and remembers everything that happened before. There is also a confrontation between Jesse and Stat at her placed that had me really confused. How could he get inside without her knowing? You would think she could hear a door opening or something. No one is that quiet, are they? The story does end on a cliffhanger, and I would be interested if they did expand this to feature length so they can explain what happens next. This is Joe Kawasaki's first directorial debut and he does have lots of potential. "Reboot" reminds me of a Phillip K Dick novel if it was directed by Darren Aaronofsky and David Cronenberg. I saw elements of "Pi" and "Crash" that I liked very much. He just needs to learn not to rush the suspense of the ending and let that tension build. I will say this about it. At least it doesn't look dated.
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