review by Bobby Blakey
Amazon has been bringing some great films to their streaming service as of late and shows no signs of slowing down. The latest film, Bliss features Owen Wilson and Salma Hayek from director Mike Cahill at the helm. Could this latest Amazon feature bring the love and heart or will it be to out there to connect with the mind?
Bliss follows a mind-bending love story following Greg who, after recently being divorced and then fired, meets the mysterious Isabel, a woman living on the streets and convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is nothing but a computer simulation. Doubtful at first, Greg eventually discovers there may be some truth to Isabel’s wild conspiracy.
I didn’t know what to expect going into this film but I can say it wasn’t anything like I had anticipated and for the most part that’s a good thing most of the time. When this film works it is so good, but when it doesn’t it’s frustrating because there is so much potential here. The story is all over the place by design as you watch it unfold in hopes of all coming together and it does sort of, but that is also by design. There are times where the viewer may get so confused and frustrated with its narrative you may want to abandon the film but at the same time it’s putting you in the same mindset as Wilson’s character.
Both Wilson and Hayek are great here giving multilayered performances that deliver even if they don’t always make sense. The chaos of the story and the performances are part of the nuance I believe it is trying to achieve and part that I actually enjoyed. The twists and turns are plenty here with you never truly knowing what is real and what is not and I love that Matrix like element to the story, but it also lends itself to getting too convoluted at times.
For me it works on the whole to make a strange unique fun flick that I enjoyed the bizarre journey and ending, but others may not be able to get invested and that makes sense as well. Decide for yourself and let the experience happen and see where you stand when Bliss hits Amazon Prime on February 5th.