Summary: The film was visually stunning, the storytelling was very inventive, and the acting was superb. It was unlike any film I've ever seen before. It is definitely one of my favorite films of the year.
Excerpt: "Upstream Color" was boring, frustrating, interesting, and boring all at the same time. (And yes, you read that right: I said "boring" twice.) Now, I hate to use the word "boring" because this word...drum roll please...is also BORING. So really, this word, admittedly, isn't the best. People use and over-use this word all of the time. (Believe me: I teach seventh-grade students and they LOVE this word. In fact, they love the word "love"!
Summary: This is an absolutely amazing movie. If you've seen and liked Primer, you'll like this too. The true greatness of the writing is evident when 45 minutes in, you're still wondering what's going on, and you haven't gotten bored. I put a lot of movies back after 20 minutes, because there's no hook in the writing. But this has a hook. It's ethereal. It's emotional. It's beautiful.
Summary: Shane Carruth's second film "Upstream Color" is just as obtuse and bewildering as "Primer". This guy is never going mainstream with this style; when most people including me have to spend nearly as much time as the film in Reddit (or Slate or io9) trying to understand it then that's a failed film style. It's as if he films a story that makes sense then edits out all the connective pieces, the essentials that tie one scene to another.
Summary: A dull non-narrative film that attempts to lure you into hidden depths which are shallow and unsatisfying. Plot threads are presented and abandoned. The characters are undeveloped, unsympathetic victims of a situation that neither they nor the audience understand. The movie keeps suggesting at some sort of resolution it never, ever delivers. An excellent film for philosophy majors who want to pontificate about cinema, and a terrible bore for everyone else.
Excerpt: It's always interesting to see people's reactions to films like Upstream Color. While I was able to piece the plot together fairly quickly after watching, many made to the end saying "dafuq did I just watch?" I personally thought it was as much a masterpiece as Carruth's Primer(we need that on BD). The acting was great, the cinematography was dazzling(even if the actual video quality wasn't) and above all, the score was completely awe-inspiring.
Summary: I would say this is the worst film i've seen this year, except that it isn't really a film at all, at least not by the usual definition. There is no real plot, close to zero acting on display, and is almost as interesting as watching paint dry. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to collect a bunch of film clips of the same people, sometimes doing familiar things, and at other times doing strange things that make no sense and string them together in a random...
Excerpt: I noticed that the reviewer was having some trouble with the story. So here is me take to story SPOILERS UP AHEAD: The thief uses parasitic larvae that ingest a blue toxin from the blue plant. These parasites release neurotoxins that effects the hosts perception of the world. The thief somehow harnessed these side effects of the toxin-control one's thought (the children in the beginning are guinea pigs- the reason for the choreographic movement scene).
Summary: Upstream Color is a hostile film, one that presents you with puzzling events and unsettling imagery and seemingly hopes that curiosity will keep you watching. The problem is that, in my opinion, it really doesn't do much to build that curiosity in the first place. The viewer literally gets about five minutes to get to know Kris before she gets abducted, which really isn't enough to establish any sort of identification or compassion.
Sound sync issues mar otherwise terrific presentation.
8 May 2013
Excerpt: Before I discuss plot, I'll get to the entire point of this website... Audio/Visuals. UPSTREAM COLOR on Blu-Ray is a bit of a disappointment for a few reasons. First of all, as Blu-Ray.com's main review notes, there is a sound sync issue starting near the 29 minute mark that comes and goes throughout the film. This issue is not present on the DVD (I checked) so it's the kind of mastering error that hurts. If the DVD was the problem, no one would care.