3.5 out of 10
Release Date: 4th July 2014
Director: Noel Clarke (4-3-2-1 / Adulthood)
Cast: Noel Clarke, Ian Somerhalder, Alexis Knapp, Luke Hemsworth, Ali Cook, Niall Grieg Fulton, Michael Bisping, Art Parkinson, Gordon Alexander and Brian Cox
Writer: Simon Lewis
Trailer: THE ANOMALY
What a mess. Noel Clarke’s (DOCTOR WHO) second film as sole director shows a significant degree of regression after the lively 4-3-2-1 and the genre definining sequel Adulthood. The Anomaly is a mid-budget sci-fi in style of The Matrix. However, in just about every department this film shows itself up to be an out-of-date, dimwitted, ego-preening exercise in bad filmmaking. Elsewhere, Noel Clarke has proven himself to be a reliable force for good in the UK film industry – making films that are relevant to young audiences be-it a throw away teen-horror flick like Storage 24 or an Olympic Games PR exercise with Fast Girls. Just recently though he’s begun to believe his own hype by appearing in lazy shit like I Am Soldier or over-stylised ego-wanks like this.
Considering the talent that went into making this film, it’s strange how nobody stopped Clarke to ask him why he was embarking on such a foolish mission. Everything about this movie screams FAIL! Clarke’s various roles directing, writing, acting, stunting, producing and posturing has probably left nobody on-set to question his decisions. Did he want to have a larger wage packet by doing all the work for his friends? We’ll never know.
Please read my colleague Joe Pesci II‘s review below for a plot overview below because he’s used to watching convoluted crap like Doctor Who and Babylon 5. The majority of this belated Matrix rip-off seemed nonsensical and pointless to me. The main reason I kept on watching it to the ending was to see what Brian Cox (HER) was going to add to the story. I also had Cash and Curry lined up to watch for Britpic and I was dreading it.
Witness the slow-motion fight sequences which had all the comedy and threat of watching four year olds recreate the Transformers films in a sand pit – there are endless scenes of characters yelling ‘rarggggh!’ in slow motion whilst being belted around the head. If there were no slow motion sequences in The Anomaly I could’ve begun watching Cash and Curry half an hour earlier.
The Anomaly is a sad disappointment because it’s a low-budget monument to the folly and ego of Noel Clarke. He’s gotten a sniff of Hollywood fame with his bit-part in Star Trek – Into Darkness and now he’s lost the ability to stay down-to-earth. This unfortunate, unimaginative and badly realised sci-fi clunker should bring him down to earth with a bump. It’s not to late for him to re-assess his career choices and remember why he’s got famous and respected in the first place.
3.5. out of 10 – Exceptionally stupid sci-fi from a floundering megalomaniacal Noel Clarke. Come back to reality, it’s not too late.
Review by Joe Pesci II aka Matt Usher (he thought it was shite as well).
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Noel Clarke: The Habit of Beauty, I Am Soldier, Saving Santa (voice), Star Trek 2 (2013), The Knot, Storage 24, Fast Girls, Huge, Screwed (2011), Heartless, 4-3-2-1, Centurion, Sex & Drugs & Rock-N-Roll Doghouse, Adulthood, Kidulthood, Dr Who (TV), Auf Wierdesen Pet (TV )
- Ian Somerhalder: The Vampire Diaries (TV), The Tournament, Lost (TV), Pulse, The Rules Of Attraction
- Alexis Knapp: Pitch Perfect 2, So Undercover, Project X, Pitch Perfect
- Luke Hemsworth: Kill Me Three Times, Infini, Neighbours (TV)
- Ali Cook: The Call Up, The Messenger (2015), Kajaki, In The Blood (2015), Get Lucky
- Niall Grieg Fulton: Sunset Song, Scottish Mussel, Let Us Prey, Crying With Laughter, The Acid House
- Michael Bispig: Plastic, Hollyoaks (TV)
- Art Parkinson: Dracula Untold
- Gordon Alexander: Don’t Let Him In, The Grind, Sucker Punch (2008), Underground (2008), Baseline, The Purifiers
- Brian Cox: Pixels, Believe (2014), Her (voice), Red 2, Blood (2013), The Campaign, Coriolanus, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, The Veteran, Ironclad, Red, Fantastic Mr Fox (voice), The Escapist, The Water Horse, Zodiac, Shoot On Sight, Red Eye, Match Point, The Bourne Supremacy, Troy, X Men 2, 25th Hour, Adaptation, The Ring, The Bourne Identity, Super Troopers, For The Love Of The Money, The Corruptor, Rushmore, Desperate Measures, The Boxer, Kiss The Girls, The Long Kiss Goodnight, The Glimmer Man, Chain Reaction, Braveheart, Rob Roy, Iron Will, Hidden Agenda, Manhunter