Friday, December 2, 2016

Released December 2nd 2016 (Limited)
1 hr 35 mins
Rated R


Writer: Sanzhar Sultan
Director: Akan Satayev

Callan McAuliffe as Alex
Lorraine Nicholson as Kira
Daniel Eric Gold as Sye
Clifton Collins Jr as Zed
Zachary Bennett as Curtis
Vlada Verevko as Alex's Mother
Genadijs Dolganovs as Alex's Father

ANONYMOUS follows Alex Danyliuk, a teenager learning the ins and outs of computer programming. When his family hits financial trouble, he turns to a life of online crime and identity theft, fueled by rage at the banking institutions’ status quo. Along the way he meets Sye, a street-wisehustler who introduces him to the world of black market trading, and Kira,a young hacker secretly working as an FBI mole. After quickly finding success in causing financial market chaos, they gain the attention of Z–a mysterious, masked figure, who’s the head of an online crime group, and a number one target by the FBI.

Review by Stephen M.

A suspenseful drama about a youthful hacker looking for revenge but gets caught up in a web of lies.  The film is full of greating acting by the young cast led by Callan McAuliffe as Alex the lead role.  The cast despite being superb cannot help a filme with a plot that is full of holes.  Despite the holes, the film is entertaining enough to give it a try as a matinee at least.

Besides the superb acting, what you will love about the film is the mystique about hackers that often hits the news as we hear about groups like Anonymous which the film plays up to very well.  The filmmaker also do a great job with the sequencing with the flashbacks and origin story .  But it is the little details such as when Alex tells his friend Sye not to use a specific credit card numerous times; it has to cross your mind, why don't they just destroy the said credit card that will have you infuriated at the film.

The film not mind blowingly good or bad falls quite well into the mediocre spectrum which is fine for a cold weather watch which we happen to be in now.  The two male leads has such great chemistry and charisma, Callan McAuliffe who was in the Great Gatsby reminds me of a young Leonardo DiCaprio himself.  The added bonus is if you're intrigued by hackers and online theft that this is the film for you.  But again given its minor but aggrevious flaws you may want to wait for a matinee.

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

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