Review: The Anomaly / Cert 15 / Director: Noel Clarke / Screenplay: Simon Lewis / Starring: Noel Clarke, Ian Somerhalder, Luke Hemsworth, Brian Cox / Released: 4th July
The Anomaly opens with Ryan (Clarke) in the back of a van with a young child. It emerges that the child’s mother was killed by some men in red masks and that he was taken captive after that. Ryan breaks out of the van with the child as they look to make their escape. Ian Somerhalder’s Harkin gives chase to the duo. Ryan, with no memory of how he got into this situation, is soon revealed to be holding one of the aforementioned red masks. And with that, The Anomaly’s one trick is revealed. Clarke’s character only has a limited amount of consciousness before he essentially disappears and wakes up elsewhere, all the while trying to work out what exactly is going on.
As Ryan wades his way through Russian mobsters, terrorism operatives, scientists and hookers, he is trying to figure out just why this is happening to him and what the endgame of all of this is. Thanks to a convoluted mishmash of a plot, The Anomaly starts with promise but then becomes massively repetitive very quickly. Within the first 20 minutes or so, the film just seems to play the same scenes over and over but in different locations. Wake up, realise what’s happening, brawl, lose consciousness, lather, rinse, repeat. That’s pretty much the film in a nutshell.
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