Title: Modified

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Year: 2012

Genre: Independent / Sci-fi / Thriller

Language: English

Runtime: 90 min

Director: Paul Cotrulia

Writer: Paul Cotrulia & Kevin J. Hannigan

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2248931/

In a future where body modifications have gone beyond simple aesthetics, there is a scene where an illegal modification is growing. Many people can't handle this technological achievement. A man is returning to this scene to get his old love back.

Our thoughts:
"Modified" is a movie that ended up being a rough road for the filmmakers, with several problems along the way. They seem pretty aware of many of the problems and decided themselves to release this movie for free on Youtube. I can't express enough how much I applaud this. While I do believe every movie deserves a DVD release (I am just a phsyical-copy-kind-of-guy, I guess), I think any filmmaker who wants people to see their work no matter what is doing something great. Paul Cotrulia certainly knows that being seen and heard of is more important than forgotten, and did what he thought was the right thing. I hope he gets a DVD release of this eventually, but until then I think this free release is a great way to move on. That said, I'm an honest man and can't say I enjoyed this movie a whole lot.

"Modified" takes the cyberpunk style and creates its own thing with it: it doesn't exaggerate it. It's set in the future (that I believe is unspecified here), and the body modification scenes have grown into something much bigger. One scene is into a modification that has been illegalized because many people can't handle being connected with it. A guy who left the scene is now returning to get his ex-girlfriend back.

I think in many ways "Modified" brings things that can be applied to real life, and it seems to be very aware of this. It also quite successfully manages to build up the idea of this cyberpunk scene in the beginning of the movie. My main issue is that it doesn't make the effort to put these tiny bits of "social commentary" to use, and the world it created becomes way too distant for us. It does this because the filmmakers leave out a lot of information for us. Don't get me wrong - I am a big fan of in medias res and being thrown into something and letting us figure it out as we go, but that usually applies to a world we already know. With "Modified" we don't even really know what "normal" is anymore. It simply leaves us in the dark to details that could only help us get into the world they created, which means we quite easily zone out and stop trying.

The movie does look pretty good, both by being in HD, because the locations are quite interesting (and maybe one of few things that help us understand the world), and with how certain scenes are compositioned. There is a lack of life on screen however, and the look at early on intrigued me becomes boring and blurry as a result. One would've wished for a little more variety.

The filmmakers know of certain flaws in "Modified", and hopefully it will help them in the future. I respect what they have done with the movie and how they decided to distribute it, but I couldn't get into it. The movie is slower than it has to be, even though I understand why someone would want to build a movie mostly around dialogue - that in itself is not a problem, if you know how to execute it right. It tells an uninspiring story and leaves a lot of information from us, and looks quite pale while it does it. The result is a hard movie to get through.

Positive things:
- Does draw you in with the style pretty quick in the first minutes. Sadly it loses you after that.
- Has a few interesting ideas.
- I have no issue with the acting.
- The filmmakers have uploaded the movie for free on Youtube.

Negative things:
- It's too slow.
- Uninspiring to look at beyond the first minutes.
- It leaves important detailing/information from us that could have helped us understand the world and relationships.

Gore: 1/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 1.5/5
Comedy: 0.5/5

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