Branded (2012) Review
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
branded is a mess.
there is no scientific grounding whatsoever of the far out concepts or even a consistent logic with these concepts once they are presented.
the filmmakers obviously hoped to coast on the "important" message and allegorical nature of the piece, but the lead dude has no charisma, no core (a historian turned agent turned advertisement guy turned shepherd turned crusader) and the fx look like garbage for the most part. the pacing has a strange lumps and overall, the movie has the feel of a cobbled together eastern European movie that is imitating mainstream Hollywood, which seems like an idea that also goes against the premise of the movie. we are told of an important romance that happens in the center of the movie, but we do not see this.
i wonder if this movie is a tax write off.
if you want thoughtful, real science fiction that has a sense of wonder and makes you think without pandering, go watch moon.
if you a cerebral, trance-inducing sort of science fiction experience, check out beyond the black rainbow, although the piece is flawed