SXSW Nerdlocker Review: Extracted

 SXSW Nerdlocker Review: Extracted

As a huge sci-fi fan, I must admit I was pretty psyched about Extracted from reading the description and seeing the awesome poster. I was expecting something like The Matrix or something trippy like What Dreams May Come. The official synopsis is as follows:

Thomas Jacobs invents a way to watch people’s memories from the inside. Going against his morals, he accepts an offer to enter a heroin addict’s memories to literally see if he committed a crime. However, a malfunction causes his consciousness to become trapped inside the criminal’s mind. He remains a prisoner in the addict’s memories [ … ].

What I was expecting...

I don’t know about anyone else, but I was expecting some crazy stuff in this movie. Then again, maybe I have been playing too much Psychonauts (if you don’t know what it is, play it!). My expectations, however, were not matching reality. What I got was a drama about a drug addict. Themes of redemption hit the audience at every turn. I mean, that’s cool, but I feel like I was deceived by the description; I was expecting a sci-fi movie, but what I got was a drama wearing a sci-fi mask.

The pacing of the movie felt rather slow and tedious despite the movie’s short run-time of 88 minutes. I really felt like they could have done more with this idea of entering people’s memories. The whole experience felt incomplete because there was a subplot that was unanswered near the end of the movie (sequel, maybe?).

What I got.
At least the idea was somewhat fresh in terms of how the drama unfolded. I would recommend watching this movie if you’re interested in watching a drama with a slightly different perspective. Do not watch this movie if you are a hardcore sci-fi freak who needs his next fix.

I give this movie 3 out of 5 Nerdskulls.