Mr. Nobody – (Drama-Romance-Sci-fi)

nobody“If you don’t make a choice then the possibilities are endless, well, actually that is choosing and realistically you’re left with nothing”

Nemo Nobody (Jared Leto) is a 117 year old man and the last mortal on the planet.  This makes him the only remaining window to the past, and before he perishes it is vital for his insights to be documented.  So through a hypnotist and journalist, the recollections of his life are recorded for the generations to come.  The only problem is, he is either extremely senile or he is intentionally contriving a story of multiple imaginable lives with different partners to express his philosophies on life.

This daring futuristic rom-dram uses an oversimplified version of string theory and relates it to the choices we make (or don’t make).  An even more impressive feat was encapsulating this theory into the realms of romance and companionship, and vaguely alluding to the concept of multidimensional love.  Entranced in the past lives he may or may not have lived, the audience scrambles to decipher the best choices he could make and empathizes with the poor ones.  If this sounds familiar to another film you may have seen, you too will be frustrated with the lack of originality and almost identical events that take place.

Another fault was that initially the pacing of the film was a delight for about an hour or so, but this momentum slowed drastically when the different realities were continuously regurgitated even after the audience comprehended the relational dynamic and possible mates qualities.  This lead to a drawn out second act that overdeveloped the characters, which deteriorated the initial appeal of the relationships. The irony is that the director is known for short films, and with a more structured screenplay and competent editing work he could have had a recommendable film at half the length.

On a final note, the ending portrayed Nemo as completely senseless and contradictory to his creed once he made a definitive love selection before his last breath.  This could have been seen as either random or a weak attempt at a metaphor that a clear choice was the true reason for his passing.

 

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