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A man (Clovis Cornillac) wakes up in what looks to be a far underground cavern. Of course with the trashy flashing lights you cannot be sure. He appears to be disoriented. However he's oriented enough to fix broken devices understand how things turn no knows where he is going etc. When he is spoke to he appears to be confused however he takes command of the situation with ease. He gets to fight ghosts real, unreal, CGI, sort of real, and so forth. He finds a girl (Vimala Pons) and finds out what girls are good for and moves on. To what end? To what purpose? Is there an end? Is there a purpose? Or do we get to "root" around with them for one hour and 38 min. while trying to restrain ourselves from the fast-forward button.
Strange this says Blu-ray on the disk and maybe it's just a quirk but the television said for 480i. The reviewers that gave this one star were being generous. People that have problems following the storyline are mistaken if they think there is none; it is so ludicrous that they just don't believe it. Many viewers like to compare and contrast this to a film called "Pandorum." Both films are both grimy, dark, and dirty which is pretty much the comparison. Bottom line is you would probably better off watching Flash Gordon.
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193 of 211 people found the following review helpful
Allegorical tale of Genesis - Resurrection (spoilers)June 29 2009
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Ages ago when I was in high school I wrote an extremely abstruse short story for an English class that was riddled with references that no one could decipher except for myself. I thought it was oh-so-clever, a mini Finnegan's Wake. When after reciting it I was presented with a room of blank stares I proudly went about explaining the symbolism. No one cared. I realized then that if one wants to create both a successful and weird/obscure/dissonant story, at least include a layer that is accessible to the casual reader. Eden Log doesn't make such an attempt.
If an interminably long-feeling movie centered around an amnesiac man groping around in near darkness in an environment filled with broken plastic junk, tubes-n-wires, and columns of tree roots whilst pursued by cheesy looking humanoid monsters sounds appealing then this movie is for you!
The movie is about a not-too-distant world where energy is harvested from an enormous tree. The "power plant" (haha - cute) named Eden Log is a secret subterranean facility where columns of tree root are exposed for study, experimentation, and work associated with energy generation. Eden Log is populated by human subjects, mutants, technical staff, and a militaristic guard. Humans are intravenously given sap from this special tree which does (2) things: 1) creates a symbiotic relationship between plant and human wherein both species develop a biological understanding of the other and 2) humans are subsequently infected during sap exposure and mutated into dumb humanoid monsters that are then boxed and suspended in the tree canopy. The tree generates energy while digesting the subjects. Things would be dandy except that there is a revolt among the Eden Log population forcing an intervention by the militaristic guard. If this makes any sense at all I promise it makes less sense in the movie.
On another level it's a modern retelling of Genesis and the Resurrection. The main character, the amnesiac, is Adam in the Garden of Eden (Eden Log). He awakens (born), almost naked and wanders around trying to make sense of this new place. Ultimately what he's seeking is knowledge (Tree of Knowledge) but once he obtains that knowledge the damage is irreversible. He meets a woman (Eve) who tricks him into having the tree sap injected into his system whereupon he mutates (Fall of Man). He gets a data disk (apple) containing information pertaining to his own identity and the purpose of Eden Log. In order to solve the rest of the puzzle, the viewer has to link the Garden of Eden to the Resurrection. In Christian lore the fall of man (disobeying God by eating the apple) is the first original sin from which mankind is not absolved from until the sacrifice of the crucifixion. So lock and step, the movie closes the loop by having the main character (forgot his name) sacrifice himself while saying something to the effect of I'm doing this for all of humanity while thrusting a tree limb into his stomach with arms outstretched as if on a cross. If this makes any sense at all I promise it makes less sense in the movie.
I think the movie would have been tolerable if the main protagonist acted in a believable way. Try to put yourself in this position: you, an amnesiac, suddenly wake up in a dark cave, disoriented, freezing cold in the mud, surrounded by dead bodies, and when finally another person is encountered you ask them ... nothing. Our protagonist just isn't curious about his predicament I suppose. What might you wonder in such a situation? Where am I? Why am I here? How do I get out? Are there any weapons? What is your name? What year is this? Who is chasing me? On and on ad infinitum.
The problem is that everything is so incredibly stupid, slow, and nonsensical in this movie. When a character walks into a big dark cavern we have to watch him slowly walk the entire length of the big dark cavern to get to the other side (60-120 seconds). When a character is breathing heavily trying to crawl up a tube we have to watch them heave slowly through 50 feet of tube (another 60-120 seconds). All this wasted time accumulates. I kept fast forwarding the movie.
I gave it 2 1/2 stars because the movie was compelling enough to watch in its entirety but I will never give it a 2nd viewing and the notion of purchasing this movie is laughable. However, I notice that several reviewers really enjoyed this movie and gave it a high star rating. There is merit to that. Maybe you will like it too.
54 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Transcending the Muck of MediocrityMay 23 2009
Christopher Thomas Rennirt
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After reading reviews of Eden Log, and after seeing the movie myself, I agree that you either love it or hate it. There is little room for a middle of the road reaction to this one. As with so many others, it's all about what you expect and appreciate from movies that break the mold of formula and predictability.
I tend to be more in love with the movie for its uniqueness above all else. In a world where everything has already been done, making the newest of movies a clichéd rehash of something seen before, this movie goes all out to avoid those pitfalls, becoming something refreshingly new. Of course, the inescapable and limited themes (man vs. man, man vs. nature, man vs. himself, etc.) are there, but that's where the familiarities end.
I must stress, however, that creating something new these days also involves a large amount of courage to create what can largely be disliked. The director and writer of this movie had some serious courage, for sure. Eden Log is incoherent much of the time, defying most attempts to make any sense of the plot through the better part of its running time. However, any astute viewer will quickly realize and appreciate the fact that this movie is confusing by intention rather than by chance or failure. Of course, I'm not suggesting that a movie can be good merely because it is confusing. There is, I think, in this movie, order and meaning to be discovered, with enough patience and thought, within all the chaos and confusion. Yes, from the very beginning, the viewer is offered a most unique puzzle to be solved.
The viewer is introduced to the main character in the pulsing bright light of an otherwise pitch-black cavern. As for where this dark place is, no one can possibly know at this point. Even whether it's on earth or elsewhere is not to be known. As we watch the character emerge sluggishly from the mud and muck, we are, with flashing lights and confusion, about as disoriented as the character himself. From there, the character attempts to learn who he is, just as we do, clumsily and often incorrectly connecting piecemeal clues found here and there. Yes, this movie puts the viewer in the first person position, with virtually no objective views of anything. All we see, hear, and experience are as subjective as that experienced by the main character. He is pursued by mutant creatures of unknown significance, through endless passageways that mostly lead nowhere of importance. Of course, I won't go on with anything more; I wouldn't want to spoil the charm of this movie for all those who may choose to see it. Certainly that is the way this movie is best-watched anyway--without a single clue revealed by another viewer. Even knowing what others think it all means is too much. Again, the not-knowing is what truly makes this movie so unique and effective. Some of the best movies leave much meaning to the mind of the viewer, instead of revealing everything there is to think and know. Eden Log indeed plants many unique ideas in the mind of every individual who sees it.
Eden Log could have been another monument to mediocrity, easily forgotten and lost amongst everything else of its kind. It could have played it safe and been like a million other movies getting, at least consistently, more so-so reviews. Instead, it dares to be different and transcends the muck of mediocrity.
60 of 79 people found the following review helpful
WARNING: SPOILERS.July 25 2011
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Why is this movie being compared to Pandorum? No similarity whatsoever except that both have mutants. Pandorum was exciting, disturbing, and had a great ending. This movie is none of the above. It starts with a flashing camera sequence that goes on for about 7 minutes and is likely to give you a migraine. Then we get darkness, jerky camera, and more darkness. The movie is only 98 minutes long, yet by the time it ended I felt like I'd spent five hours in front of the TV. Five very long, dark, and confusing hours.
Yes, it's atmospheric and surreal and all that. And that's all it is. The main idea in a nutshell is: humans bad, trees good. Corporations are arrogant and evil and must die. Heck, humans in general are arrogant and evil and must die... The plot is all over the place. The setting is too dark to appreciate. The characters are unsympathetic and unrealistic. For example, at some point the main character runs into a female survivor... And rapes her. Huh?.. Oh, wait. Right. It's to show just how evil we humans are. Unlike those nice, nice trees we abuse. (Except for the little fact that rapists are mentally unstable people, don't represent normal human behavior, or the majority of humans).
The ending is every radical environmentalist's wet dream: our hero has a "revelation" and condemns the entire humankind to death by letting us all be devoured by a giant tree. This finale is shown in a pretty, sparkling way with pretty music playing, which, I'm guessing, is supposed to signify a happy end... I guess if you believe the garbage these filmmakers seem to believe, then it is a happy end to a great movie. But if you have more faith in the human race than that, not to mention if you expect better storytelling and character development from your movies, then it's a horrible ending to a horrible, ill-conceived, and poorly-executed waste of celluloid.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Poorly rendered storyJuly 30 2011
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I'll tell you where I sit before where I stand. What do I like and not like so you can gauge how much stock you put in my reivew.
Good science fiction movies in opinion: Blade Runner, Aliens, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Minority Report, Contact
Bad science fiction movies: The Hulk (the worst film possible for me), Armageddon, Judge Dredd
I stuck it out through the whole of Eden Log and wished I hadn't. I sensed a decent story lurking there but never got it. I looked it up on Wikipedia after so that I could have it explained to me. The description on Wikipedia is a pretty decent story. Do yourself a favor and just read that. If I had been able to understand, or rather, just hear, some key dialogue I would have bumped it up to at least the same level as Event Horizon. For some reason, the director or editor or somebody thought it would be a good idea to have the soundtrack and sound effects be much louder than most of the dialogue. So the film never made sense to me. I don't mind following bread crumbs to the story. I think that was the intent of how this film was made, except I didn't get any bread crumbs either.
If they re-release this film with dialogue that you can hear, this film is worth watching. Otherwise, let it stay down in the filfthy, garbage strewn lower levels where most of it is set. I'd still rather watch this than The Hulk, but only just.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I don't know. I don't know anything.Jan. 30 2015
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Have you ever wanted to see a movie that is all about a mud-caked man creeping around in dark rooms full of tubes and metal fans, listening to other people talk about nothing?
Well, too bad. It exists anyway. "Eden Log" can be added to the long, long list of sci-fi movies that might have been interesting if they were only fifteen minutes long, and didn't have endless, ghastly scenes of the protagonist slobbing around in near-darkness, raping women and not having any personality. There's clearly meant to be some kind of metaphorical or symbolic quality to the "story," but it's so torturously unpleasant to watch that it's impossible to care what it is.
A man with amnesia wakes in an underground cavern, with a corpse next to him. At least, that is what I think happens. It's so dark and the camerawork so choppy, with only the occasional strobe light, that it is nearly impossible to see what's going on. There's water, and mud, and he crawls out of it... very slowly... and walks... very slowly... and some some things with electronics in the dark that I can't make out because THEY'RE IN THE DARK. This goes on for several minutes. Then he climbs into something that I can't see because it's still dark, and bangs on a metal door.
He continues wandering around some underground facility, encountering some maps covered in fishing nets, holograms talking in corporate cliches about "citizenship" and "Eden Log," and a crazy man being slowly absorbed by massive plants. There are also mutants roaming through the place, infected by a mysterious pathogen.
The man himself seems to have been infected as well, since he regularly blacks out, roars like the plant that surrounds this place (don't ask) and infects a woman through what is apparently plant-induced rape (just go with it). He continues wandering through the place, hearing other people arguing and conversing regularly about "rezo" and someone who is hiding. Only by discovering his true identity, and the reason he was trapped underground, can he figure out what has caused all this -- and the horrifying facts about the "rezo" and the plant.
"Eden Log" is one of the most viscerally, painfully unpleasant movies I have ever seen in my life. The entire film feels coated in damp mud, sweat and shame, as if someone plunged you into the hellish lower levels of an abandoned waste treatment plant. Normally in a bad movie, there exists something that can be enjoyed or at least observed on a humorous, ironic level... but in this case, it's just the torturous slog of tedium trying desperately to convince us that it has some kind of depth or story to tell. In short, it is the journey of a person we don't like or know about doing things we can't see and bringing undefined change to a world we don't have a reason to care about either way.
There is clearly meant to be some kind of symbolic quality to the story, since it's about... a tree. Trees are symbolic in religion and mythology... but this lazy effort to associate it with the Book of Genesis makes little sense when you consider its part in the actual story. That story is mostly silent and told through the main character's discovery, as he knows little to nothing about what is going on, and the explanation for what happened to him and how he came to be in that cavern, covered in sludge, is gradually revealed if viewers haven't fallen into a coma yet.
The problem is... I do not care about the main character's journey. Clovis Cornillac does not have the charisma or acting talent to make up for the utter lack of characterization, since his default expression is "dull surprise" and he rarely speaks to anyone. The main character is a complete cipher even at the story's end, a near-silent flesh golem who grunts and staggers around the caves with a flashlight. Squinting uncomprehendingly at everything and pawing at tubes is not character development. When he randomly rapes a woman in an elevator, it was impossible to tell if he was being controlled or if he was just despicable... because we do not know this man, either by actions or backstory. It seems to be assumed that viewers will like and sympathize with him just because he's been onscreen for most of the movie, even though he seems like kind of a jerk on the rare occasions when he speaks.
Admittedly, a few of the better-lit scenes are somewhat interesting, such as when the man is captured by a botanist in a high-tech clean suit suspended from the ceiling. But most scenes are so horribly lit that it is nearly impossible to know what is going on at any time -- it feels like someone got control of a run-down old factory and some filthy caves, and furnished it with random refuse from the hardware store. Lots of tubes and fans and the occasional turnstile, often placed in areas that make no sense.
It also contains one of the single worst fight scenes in the history of film, when the protagonist encounters a mutant in a lab, and shields himself from attack... with a rope. A single piece of rope. Good thing the mutant didn't realize that it could draw back its hand and take another swipe at him, and good thing it has a ridiculously slow attack speed.
Incomprehensible and a chore to watch, "Eden Log" is one of those movies that just leaves you feeling kind of dirty and bleak afterwards -- and not by the intent of the filmmakers. Leave this one in the filth-encrusted cave where you found it.