Recently watched a very nice french sci-fi film called CHRYSALIS from 2007. It ran along the lines of MINORITY REPORT, BLADE RUNNER kind of thing, a large hint of William Gibson and Philip K Dick in there too. It did have that ‘out of Hollywood’ feel, where there seems some actual depth and emotion to many of the characters and situations.
It of course had the influence of the MATRIX movies over it, but held its own interesting story of mind and memory manipulation, with a sly homage to A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. This is not the only French sci-fi movie I have seen lately, and it is certainly great to finally be seeing gradually increasing confidence and quality genre movies from Europe and Asia too, to challenge Hollywood and offer alternatives to the far to predictable, mega-budget, malnourished screenplay movies usually exploding our way from the US of A.
This movie did owe much to MINORITY REPORT from a couple of years earlier, and K DICK but the characters and acting were good enough to hold my attention. There were problems with the contrived fight sequences, but there were a number of very stunning and impressive moments in this largely ignored fine example of European sci-fi film.