What this ambitious sci-fi thriller lacks in focus, it compensates with originality and imagination. Centered around a young man coping with his involuntary telepathic powers, clone reincarnation and teleporting agents trying to outrun an evil corporation that’s after his brains, Polypore isn’t short on ideas and themes. In fact, its unconventional plot twists and concepts distinguish this film from other indie sci-fi movies, arousing memories of the early works of directors like David Cronenberg and Terry Gilliam. Though the visuals aren’t dazzling products of million dollar technology, they’re artistic and amply create a dark and mysterious atmosphere.
Where Polypore starts to disappoint is with its constantly shifting point of view. Instead of creating clear goals for one character and seeing it through until the end, it follows a number of characters in even the most mundane events, and the result is a lack of impact on its audience. Even so, it would be dishonest to say that this film didn’t evoke some curiosity and interest with such offbeat concepts. And with all the CG and special effects featured in big science fiction blockbusters, it is refreshing to see a film of this genre stand alone and simply rely on its out of the box story and ideas, which is a rarity anymore.
Polypore is available online.