Review of Discontinued Movie

April 17, 2023 0 Comments

In Discontinued, the human races discover that the world is actually a simulation. We have had the impression of absolute control, but in reality it is a machine that has carried out things. But this is not the worst thing: the problem is that the simulation ends in a few days. Sarah, a very anxious and pessimistic young woman, receives the news and decides to use her last days for this… something.

This is a kind of “coming of age” science fiction film that never follows the guidelines of the genre and instead remains within the limits of the drama. What is very strange (but quite functional for the mood of the film) is that writer / director Trevor Peckham takes time not to deliver the premise of the film, but to develop the entire personality of his main character. The first act consists of a short film, through which we can connect with Sarah in a very personal way. Peckham does not rush anything and burns his most interesting resources. She respects Sarah’s presence and her problems and gives her enough dramatic depth that we accept her as she is, even if we disagree with her view of things.

Peckham channels Sarah’s experience with reality through an unprecedented event that allows her to relax and see life in the most relaxed way: by understanding and observing, these are the last days of her consciousness. What many would consider the “necessary” meeting is actually very unpleasant for Sarah. He decides to see his parents for the last time and what he brings that afternoon is to realize that he feels normal in a crisis of humanity. The main problem here is the control that everyone has lost and now Sarah feels that she is grasping. Unlikely. The premise of the film is thoroughly explored in these key scenes, in which Sarah makes her colleagues and the audience understand an imminent end of things.

That doesn’t make them perfect either. We should not like her, regardless of her actions, because Peckham takes a naturalistic, organic approach to a woman who is facing the end of her life. In the past, when Sarah felt that she was out of control, she toyed with the idea of ending her existence. But now there is control. Now that you know. She even tries self-destruction, but it does not work for her. What he is looking for is the reason at the most important moment of his short life. The secret lies in how others see life, and Sarah is experiencing this sad realization of the world. He even says: “Maybe what is happening now is the point, maybe it’s about where we will go next.” But his insecurity keeps us there. We want him to thrive. The way Sarah achieves things and experiences the darker side of her reality is divisive and will probably change some opinions due to the tragic scenario. Personally, I perceived it as a poetic turn, which made them more interesting.

In a film that is very far from a deep-rooted reality, Ashley Hutchinson’s performance feels magnetic and really honest. Peckham’s film is not guided by science fiction and the ordeal of some of its rules. This is pure drama, and Hutchinson is to blame for this. For making Sarah’s extraordinary journey compelling and truly uplifting.Oh, and Langston Fishburne as some kind of Morpheus-like character? A very, very nice move.

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