Decent premise, decent effects, unacceptable screenwriting
16 February 2020
Warning: Spoilers
The premise of this movie certainly seems intriguing, though the end result is less Twilight Zone than straight-up formula thriller.

Here's the problem: the filmmakers introduce us to a premise where the protagonist (we are assuming he's the protagonist, at least) seems to be suffering from living multiple lives, a new one each day, that he's starting to vaguely remember, with attendant horrifying imagery as each "life" ends. Fair enough. Intriguing. But as the reveal starts to unfold and we learn the nature of the protagonist and what he's supposed to be doing, the script seems to abandon any pretense at coherent world-building. To wit:

1) WHAT are the harvesters doing this to him, and what informs their choices of "lives"? That's never explained in any way that makes much sense. This is a very specific way of treating their wayward son, and the rationale behind it needs to be equally specific. It doesn't appear to be geared simply to punish -- they're trying to bring him back, which doesn't seem to follow logically from whatever pattern or plan they're using. The only ones that seemed to have any significance was the heroin addict life (the Exposition Man draws the connection to the addiction to pain and death) and the hospital one (they're torturing him and confining him.) And what exactly do they think it is about their process of torturing, terrifying, and murdering him regularly that will convince him they're his buddies and belongs with them?

2) HOW are they doing it? They're remaking the world. That's not a minor thing. It's clearly not just him because other unrelated people get involved, and, just as tellingly, they're apparently altering Jenny without realizing her importance until late in the movie. And how are they able to so thoroughly control and manipulate the guy, including wiping his memory?

3) WHY does the ability to "feed" on love (cheesy, but I'll give it a pass, even though the basic idea is a rather creepy metaphor for relationships) make our protagonist so powerful, and why does it allow him to straight-up murder other harvesters with minimal effort? Why can't they kill each other, since they can clearly affect each other quite thoroughly.

4) What's the deal with giving new life? Because he can "harvest" love, he has magical healing abilities? He can inseminate a nice young lady like Jenny? He can now create new realities/lives? and why couldn't he do it before, since the others clearly could?

And so on. It's jut really lazy writing, creating a premise and hoping nobody looks too closely at it and starts asking questions about the execution.

But the effects weren't too bad, mostly. The shiny pleather guys were laughable though.
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