“Mad Genius” is about the struggle to figure out who we are. The film follows a hacker working through various personas and adversaries to see if he can hack the human mind. The goal is to see if humanity can be retrained and to remove the things that weaken us. Naturally, his fellow hackers and various baddies have a difference in opinion on his quest. So, what’s a well-meaning hacker to do?
Using technology to examine human evolution isn’t new. However, I appreciate the focus that low-budget cinema takes in the matter. Too often high concept work gets left to the bigger studios and out of the hands of true mavericks. If this is the kind of work that I can expect moving forward, then I welcome more movies like Mad Genius.
That being said, I would’ve liked to have seen the movie move a little faster. Editing and tempo concerns always seem to bother me now. During the second act, I found myself looking at the clock several times. It’s not going to impact everyone the same way, but the slow down did take me out of the movie. Still, I enjoyed myself.
Film Mode Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: 7/3/18
Film Score - 89%
The Plot Thus Far
The Matrix meets Mr Robot in the most captivating and topical science fiction film of the year, MAD GENIUS, available on VOD July 3 from Film Mode Entertainment.
Mad genius and hacker, Mason Wells (Chris Mason, ''Pretty Little Liars : The Perfectionists'') has a mission to “hack the human mind” in order to save humanity, but first must reconcile his multiple alter egos. His most threatening alter ego, Finn (Scott Mechlowicz, Euro Trip) pushes Mason to do whatever is necessary to accomplish their mission including theft, bribery and intimidation.
As their mission reaches the brink of danger, they become hunted by a nihilistic madman named Eden after they steal his technology and discover that he is working on the exact same project that they are. Ultimately, Mason discovers the only way to defeat Eden may be the ultimate hack, one he never thought imaginable.
Featuring a superlative cast, including Spencer Locke (Insidious: The Last Key) and Farin Tahir (Iron Man, Charlie Wilson’s War), MAD GENIUS is a visually-arresting and exhilarating depiction of the modern-day geniuses who risk everything to change the way society lives through science and technology.