By Matt Singer | Criticwire January 22, 2013 at 10:03AM
The Sundance Review Report rounds up each day's notable premieres, along with a sampling of their reviews and tweets from Park City, Utah. Here's the reaction to "Upstream Color," director Shane Carruth's long-awaited follow-up to his time travel indie "Primer."
Category: U.S. Dramatic
Director: Shane Carruth
Starring: Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig, Thiago Martins
Synopsis: "Kris is derailed from her life when she is drugged by a small-time thief. But something bigger is going on. She is unknowingly drawn into the life cycle of a presence that permeates the microscopic world, moving to nematodes, plant life, livestock, and back again. Along the way, she finds another being -- a familiar, who is equally consumed by thelarger force. The two search urgently for a place of safety within each other as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of their wrecked lives."
"This is an experience movie with many big confusing ideas. Some will likely find brilliance in these ideas. Others will be frustrated."
"This densely exploratory work will cue both elation for its many beauties and deep-furrowed brows about what the hell is going on."
"Dense, beautiful, hypnotic, and almost willfully opaque, 'Upstream Color' is a great movie, but it is not an inviting one."
"It's really beautiful."
"This stunningly labyrinthine assortment of murky events amount to a riddle with no firm solution."
"A picture that's not easy to process, and that's part of what makes it so breathtaking and brilliant. You're baffled by what you've seen and in awe of how it's illuminated your mind."
"This unapologetically avant-garde work regards conventional narrative as if it were a not-especially-interesting alien species."
"So busy throwing us off balance that it never lets us get a grip on where we are in relation to the larger aspects of the storytelling and character development."
"Carruth is a genuine talent behind the camera, but treatment of his characters as decorations within his wild world rather than as people makes 'Upstream Color' more hollow than spectacular."
"Wears its pretensions a little too proudly."
"I can't begin to explain 'Upstream Color,' but the only time I've felt Stendahl Syndrome like this is watching 'Tree of Life.'"
"Shane Carruth's 'Upstream Color' is one of the most original, inventive, puzzling & ultimately exciting movies at #Sundance2013."
"'Upstream Color:' A tightly controlled explosion of imagination. An uneasy love story about regaining control. Unique, beautiful. #sundance"
"Still trying to process 'Upstream Color,' an often brilliant but nevertheless difficult film about fate (I think!) #Sundance2013"
"Was able to follow the large majority of 'Upstream Color' and really dug it. However, it's definitely not for everyone."
"'Upstream Color:' difficult to decipher, but will keep one's attention, although certain sections feel obtuse with little reason.#Sundance"
"'Upstream Color' is a gorgeous movie with ideas both big and intimate, but you'll need to watch it 47 more times to figure it out. #Sundance"
"Just explained the plot of 'Upstream Color' to someone and now I like it more. #Sundance"
"'Upstream Color' - What was that?! What a trip. Carruth's abstract drug film didn't really do it for me. Pigs get more screentime than humans."
"'Upstream Color:' WTF...? #Sundance"
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