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The Gene Generation (2007)

Michelle, an assassin to a new breed of killers (DNA Hackers), finds she has greater obstacles in her life... Family.

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Pearry Reginald Teo (as Pearry Teo)

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Pearry Reginald Teo (as Zhang Pingli), Keith Collea | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bai Ling ... Michelle
Alec Newman ... Christian
Parry Shen ... Jackie
Faye Dunaway ... Josephine Hayden
Ethan Cohn ... Mouse
Robert David Hall ... Abraham
Michael Shamus Wiles ... Solemn
Daniel Zacapa ... Randall
Erin Layne Erin Layne ... Aerean Flyer Announcer (as Eireann Layne)
Jeff Imada ... Alley Guy
Nils Allen Stewart ... Bodyguard 1 (as Nils Stewart)
Richard Cetrone ... Bodyguard 2
Hiro Koda ... Bodyguard 3
Marco Khan ... Bodyguard 4
Allison Dunbar ... Christian's Wife
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In a futuristic world, Michelle lives everyday battling with DNA Hackers who use their skills to hack into people's bodies and kill them. She is an assassin, battling her past demons and trying to keep her younger and extroverted brother, Jackie, out of trouble. When Jackie gets involved in a petty crime of robbery, he propels himself into the world of DNA Hackers, Shylocks (Loan Sharks) and Gang Fights. Wanting the respect that the world has never given to him only makes it harder for Jackie to peel himself away from the underground trades, against the hopes of his sister, Michelle. Michelle always wanted to leave the city and lead a calm and quiet lifestyle. As emotions and gunfire get into the way, Michelle and Jackie soon find themselves battling between their lives and finding out that in an immoral world, love can still survive. Blood is thicker than water. Written by Pearry Reginald Teo

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In the future, where people hack into DNA, Death is just an upgrade See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for bloody violence, sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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USA | South Korea | Singapore

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 2007 (USA) See more »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Christian: [voice-over] Hayden Technologies... Birthplace of what was supposed to be our greatest scientific breakthrough.
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A shallow pastiche of gothy cyberpunk themes.
8 February 2013 | by krachtmSee all my reviews

The plot: A beautiful, female assassin fights against DNA hackers, who kill people by hacking into their body.

I think that Pearry Teo and I would get along really well. We seem to have the same taste in books, movies, and music. We both like dark, surreal fantasy/horror and gritty cyberpunk. His movies are filled with references to all the things that I like. The problem is that The Gene Generation is a rather shallow pastiche of gothy cyberpunk themes, with no real attempt at cohesion. While full of creative ideas, visually striking scenes, and attractive people in cool poses, it's also a jumbled mess. The pacing is just terrible, making the movie sometimes feel like it's three hours long.

I love everything about The Gene Generation, except the actual movie itself. This leaves me at a loss as to how to rate the movie. With some faster pacing, less exploitation, and tighter writing, this could have been amazing. But, then again, couldn't you say that about any movie? "If only it had been better, it would have been good!" I liked Necromentia better than The Gene Generation, so I think that he's improving. As far as a debut goes, I think this isn't bad... but it's still a bit of a rough watch. In the end, I recommend The Gene Generation only to genre fans, who are more likely to forgive its faults.


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