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Dark Cloud

2022 / 81m - USA
Sci-fi, Horror
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A decent sci-fi, that lacks an interesting premise to make it stand out from its peers. I think we're probably past the point where it suffices to do a story about an out of control A.I. At least, the more serious explorations of the subject. Though the presentation is fine here, the setup and plot are so chewed out that it gets a bit hard to appreciate.

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Chloe is a young woman who went through a traumatic experience. She has trouble picking up her life again, so she goes into therapy. She becomes one of the test subjects of a project that uses A.I. to heal patients. While the start of the experiment is promising, the computer starts to exhibit strange behavior and before Chloe realizes what is going on, she is under the computer's control.

It's a pretty bland Black Mirror-like premise, director Ness doesn't take it any interesting places either. The presentation is decent, with some pleasant paranoia-driven styling, but it's nothing you haven't seen before. Dark Clouds is just a run-of-the-mill sci-fi, copying most of the films that came before, without adding anything substantial of its own.