"Too Derivative and Excessive"
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ZONE 414 makes the most of its low budget. The performances are good, and the story somewhat engrossing, but the resolution is too abrupt. As a whole, the movie is too derivative and adds little that’s really new. It asks provocative questions about God, sin, desire, human identity, and the purpose of life. However, it doesn’t give simple, comforting answers, despite a somewhat happy ending. ZONE 414 contains some strong foul language, explicit nudity and extreme violence, including an example of bloody vigilante justice.
ZONE 414 is a dark science fiction thriller about a super-wealthy android designer who hires a private detective to track down his missing daughter, who’s disappeared in an isolated city of androids created by the designer to service every desire of rich people. ZONE 414 blends the best of science fiction and film noir to create a twisted world asking provocative questions about God, sin, desire, human identity, and the purpose of life, but the movie is too derivative, doesn’t give simple, comforting answers despite a somewhat happy ending, and contains some strong foul language, explicit nudity and extreme violence, including an example of bloody vigilante justice.
David Carmichael, a troubled ex-cop turned private detective, must pass a violent test to be interviewed by Marlon Voidt, the wealthy, creepy creator of androids designed to service every desire of rich people. The government has limited the interaction between the androids and humans to an isolated urban colony. Marlon’s brother, Joseph, serves as Marlon’s gatekeeper, and he’s almost as creepy.
For $2 million, Marlon wants David to track down his runaway daughter, Melissa, and bring her home. He points David in the direction of his best creation, an android named Jane. Jane agrees to help David track down Melissa, but only if he agrees to help her stop a male stalker who’s been leaving menacing phone calls for her. The Voight androids aren’t supposed to have any human emotions, but Jane seems truly terrified by the menacing phone calls.
David’s hunt for Melissa turns up some disturbing truths about his employers and the creepy woman who gives the androids their assignments.
ZONE 414 has echoes of BLADE RUNNER, the classic 1982 science fiction movie, but with a lower budget. The filmmakers try to make the best of it, however, by creating dingy sets mixed with some modern-looking living spaces and hotels. The performances are good, and the story is somewhat engrossing, even though the resolution is a bit abrupt. As a whole, however, the movie is too derivative and adds little that’s really new.
That said, ZONE 414 asks provocative questions about God, sin, desire, human identity, and the purpose of life. However, the movie doesn’t give simple, comforting answers, despite a happy ending at the very end. Also, the resolution of the plot problem about what to do with the villain is too violent and cold-blooded. Ultimately, it renders ZONE 414 unacceptable. ZONE 414 also contains some extreme bloody violence, explicit nudity and some strong foul language.
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