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.
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).
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.
Summary: Nine years after Primer, director Shane Carruth is back with this by turns bizarre, beautiful, imaginative, impenetrable, confusing, colourful, interesting and enigmatic, near silent movie entry into the American art house indie school of filmmaking. Terrence Malick fans of visual poetry as opposed to traditional Hollywood-style three-act structure narrative will love it.