Watch Algorithm: Bliss
- 1 hr 42 min
Algorithm: Bliss is a mind-bending and dark thriller that explores the dangerous and seductive world of Black Mirror meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Directed by Isak Borg and Dena Hysell-Cornejo, the movie stars Sean Faris, Sarah Roemer, and James Saito. Faris plays Vic Beckett, a genius tech entrepreneur who creates a revolutionary VR technology that allows users to live out their wildest dreams and desires. The technology simulates a dream state where the user experiences a perfect world where everything they want is at their fingertips. The dream state is entered by inserting a tiny chip into the base of the neck that connects to the VR headset.
However, when Vic becomes addicted to the dream state he created, he starts to lose touch with reality. He is haunted by visions of a beautiful woman, Jules (Roemer), who he cannot remember in the real world. He becomes obsessed with her and spends countless hours in the dream state searching for her. Jules, on the other hand, is a woman trapped in a dangerous situation, desperately trying to escape her traumatic past.
As Vicâs mind becomes more and more unstable, he starts to question the true purpose of his invention. Was it solely for enjoyment, or is the technology being used for more sinister purposes? His doubts are amplified when he discovers that he is no longer in control of the dream state and is being watched by a shadowy figure who has access to all the userâs personal information.
The story unfolds in a non-linear fashion, jumping between the real world and the dream state. The audience is led on a journey through Vicâs psyche as he becomes more unstable and the lines between reality and the dream state blur. The directorâs use of visual effects and sound design creates a haunting and eerie atmosphere throughout the film.
As the movie progresses, the audience is left to question what is real and what is not. The use of symbolism and abstract visuals leaves the audience to interpret their own conclusions. The theme of addiction, control, and the human desire for a perfect world is a central theme that leaves the audience pondering even after the film ends.
The performances of the lead actors are strong, especially Faris who carries the weight of the film on his shoulders. Saito brings a solid performance in the role of Leonard, a mentor and advisor to Vic, while Roemer encapsulates the character of Jules with a sense of vulnerability.
Algorithm: Bliss is a thought-provoking and unsettling film that leaves an impression on its audience. It poses relevant questions on how the advancement of technology can affect society as a whole. The audience is left to question whether the dream state is a utopia or a dystopia and whether they would willingly give up their sense of reality for a blissful dream state.
Algorithm: Bliss is a 2020 fantasy movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 42 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.4.