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Olivier Assayas.
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Demonlover
Corporate spies compete in this cold-blooded thriller


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Plot
Two corporations compete for illicit 3D manga pornography, sending spies to infiltrate each other's operations.


Review
There's a Cronenbergian coldness to Olivier Assayas' corporate thriller, from the sterilised white aeroplane cabin of the opening scene to the impersonal hotel suites, boardrooms and executive offices in which the rest of the film plays out. There's a touch of Cronenberg, too, in the interactive torture web site that's at the heart of the double-dealing.

But this is not Videodrome; it's not even as eye-catchingly topical in May 2004 as it was in May 2002, when it was booed by French critics at the Cannes Film Festival. Matching the icy whites and blues of the production design note for note, stone-hearted corporate spy Diane (Nielsen) shows little emotion as she screws over colleagues in order to safeguard her paymasters' interests in Japanese animated porn.

Unfortunately her antics, Assayas' dragged-out direction and the story's obvious twists don't stir any passions in the audience either.


Verdict
The premise for this film is essentially not bad - but it's utterly wasted here. Our wait for a decent corporate espionage / interactive virtual porn film continues.


Reviewed by Alan Morrison

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I thought this was a bit of a mess to be honest, none of the characters were likable so it was hard to feel involved with any of them, and there were large gaps in the plausibilty of what happened along the way. All stylishly shot and soundtracked, but a bit of a waste of time. ... More

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