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Unknown Origins

Orígenes Secretos
2020 / 96m - Spain
Crime, Comedy
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A fun, little crime comedy. Spain is one of the few European countries who manage to make respectable genre films with international appeal on a regular basis. While not quite on the same level as the films of Álex de la Iglesia, fans of Spanish genre cinema will no doubt have a good time with this one.

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David is a young detective who is given a gruesome homicide case. It turns out the killer is putting his victims in origin stories of famous Marvel superheroes. Together with his cosplaying boss and the owner of a local comic book store David has to figure out who is behind these killings.

The film has the necessary visual flair, performances are good and the comic angle is pretty original for a serial killer setup. There's nothing particularly wrong with Unknown Origins, the only thing lacking is that extra bit of spice that would really set it apart. A good, entertaining film, it'll be interesting to see what director Galindo will come up with next.

An interesting little project, but not quite as good as it sounded on paper. Pixel Theory is a rather coherent anthology, centered around a single concept, but approached from different angles and helmed by a selection of different directors. The idea is grand, but the execution is a little too flakey.

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A mysterious man developed a computer program that created every possible image from a finite set of pixels and color choices. Every image that could ever be is being created as we speak. It's a program that will greatly upset world order and will leave one of the biggest marks on human history ever recorded.

There are some smart takes here (like the advent of AI art), but the execution is wildly inconsistent and some of the segments are pretty subpar. The animation sequences in particular are abysmal, which brings the overall level down. It's a shame, there's so much potential here and it does shine through quite regularly, but it's not enough to make this a great film.