Did the first trailer for Gattaca director Andrew Niccol’s new movie Anon leave you wanting to know more? Well, the full official teaser for the film is here, and it tells us that in this dystopian future, total surveillance and defacto self-censorship by the government is rife.
Set in an alternative world where every single one of us is identifiable by an online profile (which isn’t too much of a stretch, let’s be honest), there’s no crime that Detective Sal Frieland (played by Clive Owen) can’t solve. That is unless, if he’s up against an attractive femme fatale (played by Amanda Seyfried) who happens to be completely anonymous and untraceable in the government's surveillance operation (you could say she's a minority report.)
The movie, written and directed by Niccol, certainly looks promising, not to mention topical with the current climate of fear over Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal and the dangers of tech companies harvesting our personal data. As Seyfried’s character is seen walking freely off-grid with an “error” sign hovering over her, everyone else appears to be traceable by an Orwellian system that frankly looks terrifying.
However, it seems that the real drama of the movie focuses on when Owen’s character goes undercover in a bid to find the true identity of Seyfried’s ‘The Girl’ to bring her to justice. But as you can see from the trailer, that doesn’t entirely go to plan as she begins seducing him and messing with his mind in the Big Brother-style futuristic setting.
In somewhat of a release role-reversal of the Natalie Portman-starrer Annihilation, Anon will get a theatrical release in the U.K. (May 10), but not in the U.S. Here, it will be streaming on Netflix instead, though there is not a fixed date for that yet.
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