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Nightmare Code (2014/MVD Visual DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: C Film: C-

Nightmare Code (2014) is an independent sci-fi/tech thriller that maybe is a bit too ambitious for its budget. While the underlying message isn't terrible, the special effects and after effects filters are - and they really took me out of it by being a bit too overbearing. This experimental film is directed by Mark Netter and stars Andrew J. West, Mei Melancon, Googy Gress, and Ivan Shaw amongst others.

The film is about computerized behavior recognition, behavior modification and 24/7 surveillance. It takes place in a troubled start-up where a young programmer with a troubled past of his own is brought in to finish the company's product on a tight deadline, in the wake of the murderous rampage and suicide of the previous programmer.

The deeper he probes into the code, the more his own behavior changes as the code takes on a life of it's own. Utilizing surveillance camera, PC cam, videochat and eyeglasscam, for more than half the movie the viewer watches four images at once which adds to its experimental quality Is this a movie for everyone? Certainly not.

Presented in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the film looks fine on DVD but could benefit to a high def upgrade.

Extras include Commentary and featurettes on Characters, Technology and Fear, Production, indiegogo, and a Trailer.

While I get what its going for, this film was kind of hard to watch. Perhaps with a bigger budget and better actors it could have been more engaging.

- James Lockhart



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