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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Noel Clarke
Ian Somerhalder
Brian Cox.
Directors
Noel Clarke.
Screenwriters
Simon Lewis.
Running Time
97 minutes

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The Anomaly
Clarke's commando


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Plot
Grizzled ex-soldier (Clarke) is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Waking up in a darkened room with no memory of how he got there, he finds himself caught in a conspiracy presided over by the sinister Harkin (Somerhalder).


Review
The Anomaly

Combat veteran Ryan (Noel Clarke) keeps waking up for nine minutes and 47 seconds, finding himself in strange situations which mostly involve getting into fights... then wonders what his body is doing in the weeks between his scenes. For its first three or four sequences, this sci-fi mystery-thriller almost pulls off the ‘Total Recall for tuppence’ effect, and director Clarke makes a decent bewildered action hero — but fiendish Ian Somerhalder explains things too often, the budget restrictions start to bite, saintly hooker Alexis Knapp gets too many earnestly silly lines and it just turns into an extended snarl-and-punch-up festival.


Verdict
Big sci-fi ideas done on a budget doesn't quite translate into a compelling thriller.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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I saw The Anomaly at the EIFF and I have to say: It wasn't great but it wasn't flush down the toilet crap. I felt it was a re-written episode of Doctor Who. The acting is average with the best coming from the villains of the film. The idea of the film is great but it's not been written well. The fight scenes where well made but reminded me too much of the slow-mo fighting in 300 BUT FOR THE ENTIRE MOVIE!!!! The thing that annoyed me the most is the amount of advertisement they had to put in th... More

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