Watch Anon full movie online free – Great writer/director Andrew Niccol has made another cult classic. I only hope it won’t take 20 years for people to start appreciating it as much as they do his other child now, Gattaca from 1997. He’s got something about identity and how to steal and use it for someone’s sake, I have to say. It comes as no surprise nowadays that we are all under surveillance and no one has private lives and that’s what I like the most about Anon: it may be shown as future but it’s actually our present, the way we live, only a bit fancier and technologically more resourceful. Visuals are over the top, main characters are believable (maybe a tiny bit of drama would have been more enjoyable but I like it the way it is anyway), music is minimum and the picture isn’t as bright as we’d have wanted it to be but it doesn’t spoil the movie and makes it an astonishingly good ride. I would totally watch it again and recommend.
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Anon review by Wildblueyonder – Good, not great… somewhat thought provoking
The movie is very well produced and the graphics and production value are super. The story and plot are, to me anyhow, interesting.
The main foundation of the movie is that society has evolved to where law enforcement has access, instantly, to the lives of everyone. Their occupation, past, and even their memories.
This is an interesting topic for me in that I feel far too many people dismiss the increasingly intrusive nature of our goverment into our lives as ‘what do you have to worry about if you haven’t done anything.’ As though it’s a given that the goverment – which of course is made up of other humans, and run by very ambitious, self-interested power drunk humans – can be trusted.
Its good, not great… could have done more for sure but was decently entertaining and somewhat thought provoking.
Anon review by Soundoflight – Channelling Philip K. Dick
Director Andrew Niccol is not quite a household name, but chances are you’ve heard of at least one of the films he has directed or written (“Gattaca,” “The Truman Show,” and “In Time” are all worthy mentions on his resume). The themes Niccol explores in his body of work remind me a lot of Philip K. Dick, in particular his latest effort “Anon,” which explores the nature of reality, the meaning of privacy, and a dystopian future. This is what good, hard science fiction is all about.
It’s not a perfect film – I could make some nitpicks against the music, the unreadable text filling the screen half the time (unless you have a giant home theatre) and a few plot holes – but the interesting themes, beautiful cinematography (for a Netflix film, I was blown away) and solid acting all more than make up for it. It feels like it was made for the cinema. But where “Anon” really shines is in the atmosphere it creates and the interesting ideas it explores. It shows a world that we are all sleepwalking towards, and dares to question whether that’s the right path.
Anon review by Ivko – middle of the road fair with strong message
Anon, a Netflix original movie, stars Clive Owen as a police detective or the future equivalent thereof. The film is set in a world where everyone has every second of their lives recorded to a kind of cloud platform that makes every second of their life available for instant retrieval.
It’s only visual information, not thoughts, but it includes literally everyone, even infants, and literally every second of each life, even the first breaths. The exact mechanism is never really gone into (or I just missed it), but it’s a McGuffin and not really important. The real point of the film is the impact this technology has had on society.
Cops like Owen’s character don’t really specialize in a particular type of crime anymore; their proficiency is basically information retrieval. People come in with questions or to report a crime and the detective simply taps into the recordings of witnesses and suspects at will, pulling what they need to solve the crime or answer the question.
Although it’s illegal for anyone but the police to access other’s footage without permission, a common challenge in this world seems to be “show me your last X minutes”, with refusal interpreted as guilt. In other words, this is a world without anything like what we would call privacy.
People have responded to this lack of privacy by developing techniques for evading detection from law enforcement, bosses, spouses, etc. When someone wishes to hide an aspect of their life, they send out a request to the “ether”, essentially the dark web, to hire a hacker to bypass security mechanisms and alter their footage. So a cheating husband might turn an evening with a prostitute into a quiet evening alone watching TV, for example.
The trouble starts when people are murdered and it’s discovered that the killer is hacking peoples eyes and projecting his/her perspective onto the victims eyes so that no recording of the killer exists. Owen’s character takes lead and eventually discovers Amanda Seyfried’s character, a hacker who is maybe also the murderer.
I’ll skip the rest of the plot. It’s a basic murder mystery with a not-at-all surprising resolution. Which isn’t to say it’s boring or bad, just that there are plenty of other films with similar plots and “twists”, so I think it’s more interesting to focus on the philosophy, if you will, of the movie.
The subject of privacy has been in the news quite a bit lately because of the Facebook hacks. I think what’s interesting is that we seem to be starting to care once again about privacy, following a decade of steadily selling our information in exchange for some convenience software from Silicone Valley.
The recent breaches have highlighted something that we seem to have forgotten for a while, which is that information about our private thoughts and habits represents tremendous power over us. The information can be used to bypass our safeguards and mental protections, altering our perception of the world around us without our knowledge.
In the movie this is literally true; characters who have access to other’s private information can control their actual perceptions and use that control to deprive people of life, liberty, and happiness, the rights Western civilization cherishes above all others. It may be a bit heavy-handed, but the point is well made, I think.
I also think it’s interesting that this privacy-free world is not presented as a pure dystopia. The movie is careful to show how the technology actually improves peoples lives in many ways, such as the relative lack of crime and the ability to retain memories of loved ones that have passed. It would be way too easy to present this future as a Orwellian nightmare, but the real danger of the convenience for information trade is the seductiveness of it. It’s easy, after all, to avoid dangers that seem dangerous. It’s the ones that seem like a good deal and have subtle, long-term costs that are hardest to avoid.
But my favorite line in the movie comes from a discussion about why someone would care so much about privacy. Anyone who has ever had this discussion with others has heard the line “Why would you care if you have nothing to hide?”
Who cares if your ISP is tracking your Internet browsing or searches, unless of course you have something to hide. It’s a hard argument to counter, because it implies that any resistance is due to you doing something embarrassing, and that therefore your objections don’t have any merit. And it works, because no one wants their friends and neighbors to think they are deviants, which is why companies and governments are so fond of it as a deflection.
Anon answers this question quite nicely: “It’s not that I have something to hide, but that I have nothing I want to share.” Well said, I think.
Anon review by john-80325 – Fantasy, not Sci-Fi
This is not a science fiction movie. This is a fantasy movie where the magic looks technological. It’s not a case of “any sufficiently advanced technology,” because, other than the magic, nothing in the movie was necessarily newer than the 1970s. There’s no LEDs. There’s still cigarettes. There’s still physical cash. Nothing has advanced. It felt sort of like Dark City, before anyone knew what was going on. If people had all their information technology built behind their eyeballs and could fashion their environment however they like, very few would choose that look. Very few would choose the same look as was chosen by others. The “technology” had no limitations, no way of being turned off, no explanation for how it worked. Everyone accepts that there’s a magical mediator between their eyeballs and their brain, but not between any of their other senses and their brain. The government seems corrupt and wants an end to privacy, but there’s no targeted advertising – in fact there’s comparatively little advertising, especially for an urban setting. They ask why the magician (“hacker”) meets clients in person, but not why upper level cops are working in physical proximity to one another and wearing neckties when there’s almost nothing they do that isn’t electronically mediated. There’s a connection between the magic and door locks, but it isn’t connected to vehicle brakes, although automatic transmissions seem to be popular and it can automatically judge velocities and momentum well enough to tell people when to brake. The auteur wanted to make a point about privacy, but it kind of fell flat, because like the male protagonist, we’re cast adrift among forces beyond our own control. The only rationale for why the world it as it is shown is “I wanted it to look that way.” As an anchor for a moral compass, it seems like a sea anchor, and, regardless of how it points, our direction changes with the wind. Only the magician and the offscreen purveyors of the magic have the wherewithal to successfully choose the pattern of their own behavior, and we’re riding with the cop, not with any of them.
However, regardless of any fault I find with the rationale behind this story, the job done enacting it was excellent. The setting is very self consistent. The people seemed believable, even when the choices they made seemed clichéd. They sold the notion to me that “It’s a cliché because human nature continues to be the same.”
Anon review by drummer303 – Futuristic hacker Sci Fi reminiscent of Black Mirror
Set in a bleak near future. Everyone is connected to “The Ether” which records their memories through their own eyes. Clive Owen plays a cop who is tortured by his own emotional demons over the accidental death of his son.
As he makes his way to a crime scene for a strange murder, he notices a woman who is “unknown” to the system in the street, and from there begins the hunt.
The bodies begin to pile up and as they go back through the memories they see that each victim sees themselves through the killers eyes as they are shot, therefore making the killer anonymous.
It’s interesting, and very slickly made, with a grey colour tone and great visualisations of the constant computer enhanced feed. I love the electronic soundscape music which reminded me of Mr Robot.
It does feel like this kind of connection between humans is not so far away, and the right to remain anonymous is slowly being erased/eroded from our lives as we appear in our own social media, but more to the point we also appear accidentally in other peoples pictures, videos, memories etc. These are things beyond our control that build a full picture of who we are. This to me seemed to be the drive of the film.
The logic stays on point, things are carefully worked out so they make sense, apart from one really big plot hole. which is WHY?
Why does the murderer decide to murder these people? It’s never really explained, or maybe it is and I just didn’t work it out, but it left me a little confused at the end, good film I might watch again to see if I can pick up more of the plot I feel I’m missing something.
All in all the cast are solid, I love Clive Owen he’s always worth watching and Amanda Seyfried was good too.
Worth a watch if you like Sci Fi meaningful and intellectual as opposed to spaceships and laser guns.
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