A Naked Singularity (\N)

An idealistic young New York City public defender burned out by the system, on the brink of disbarment, and seeing signs of the universe collapsing all around him decides to rob a multi-million drug deal of one of his clients.
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3 / 10

Terrible

What is this stuff? Is quality control dead? I really mean it. Does anyone consider quality before hiring people and financing films? I wasted my time. It would be better for the film industry if there was a quality control in films, which would draw more people and give us confidence.

Also, what specifically is going on at acting schools? The Casey guy was so horrid and the rest of them were not much better. The girl was OK.

Low budget and bad acting. WOW.

3 / 10

Muddled Mess. Disappointment of fast pacing low substance. Good acting , but not enough to make you care about any of the characters.

Paid too much to see this at the SFFILM Festival Fort Mason Drive-in Premiere on 4/9/2021. My first "Cinema" experience since pre covid. Had a lot of star power and of actors I like.

Pros. The acting was great, some stylish cinematography.

Really enjoyed seeing Tim Blake Nelson as the stoner philosopher

Cons:Messy directing. Too fast paced for it's own good. I did not care for the outcome of any single character in this movie. Honestly the plot was just not that good. It almost tries to become a different movie half way through with fast paced editing and split screen oceans eleven/mission impossible split screen heist style pacing. The build up made no sense. The climax made no sense. When the closing scene came on I was like wait. That's it?

I had no emotion at the end of the movie, no deep thoughts about any character, and wondering what did I just watch.

If the plot was more developed/more clever and running time extended where you could connect and start caring for any of the characters. It would have been a better film?

Perhaps this is aimed at the add Ritalin nation? Wait to watch this on tv.

5 / 10

the dreamers

Greetings again from the darkness. After co-writing the screenplay (adapted from the Stephen King book) for the box office horror hit IT (2017), Chase Palmer gets his first opportunity to direct a feature film. He also co-wrote this screenplay with David Matthews, as the two have adapted the 2008 novel "A Naked Singularity" by Sergio De La Pava. Think of it as a meaning-of-life science fiction comedy drama heist film that critiques the justice system. You know what they say about trying to be all things to all people. But it does get bonus points for trying hard!

John Boyega (Finn in the STAR WARS movies) stars as Casi, a Public Defender who is exasperated with the NYC criminal court system. Casi is overworked and underpaid, and his heart of gold and frumpy suit matter little in his courtroom clashes with Judge Cymbeline (Linda Lavin, "Alice"), who thrives on antagonizing and baiting the young attorney. Casi's early idealism has faded and now he's just fed up, looking for a way out. The talented Olivia Cooke (SOUND OF METAL, 2020) co-stars as Lea, a bored clerk at a city impound lot. Lea is a previous client of Casi's and they cross paths again when his lawyer friend Dane (Bill Skarsgard, Pennywise in IT) passes along a file for her latest case.

There are basically three stories going on here: First, Casi is (unsuccessfully) fighting the bias in the halls of justice. Second, there is a weird glitch in the matrix, referred to as a "ripple" by Casi's stoner friend Angus (Tim Blake Nelson), who works out physics problems on the wall of his apartment. And third, there is a botched drug deal featuring creepy hoodlum Craig (Ed Skrein, DEADPOOL, 2016), who has dragged Lea right into his web of crime. Of course, Lea already had a criminal record, and she's frustrated that the system penalizes her for the past ... leaving her with lousy options for employment. She's too is looking for a way out.

As the film begins, director Palmer includes a quote from Candide: "If this is the best possible world, what then are the others?" This goes directly to the dreamers - those who imagine escaping their situation, and those who imagine making it better. Act 3 becomes a heist film, but we miss out on the fun part, as the planning just seems to happen. When the big day arrives, some things go right, and some things go wrong. Mostly, it's an unrealistic chain of events that involves every character listed above, plus The Golem (Kyle Mooney) as the leader of the drug-dealing Hasidic Jews, a couple of NYC Detectives, and a Mexican cartel boss, who raises eyebrows outbidding Craig for the Navigator where the drugs are stashed. It seems fairly likely that Lincoln contributed to the film's production since "Navigator" is mentioned numerous times.

Director Palmer utilizes a countdown to the big event ... assuming the "ripple" wouldn't be considered a bigger event ... and that provides the odd pacing for the film. Also odd is the inclusion of a Popeye Doyle reference, when it's quite unlikely that these characters would be familiar with THE FRENCH CONNECTION. Additionally, it's the unnatural dialogue and the wedged-in social commentary that come across as misplaced. Comparing being poor to slavery in a five second scene makes it appear the goal was to fit in as many social issues as possible within a 90 minute run time. Sometimes weird is interesting. Sometimes it's just weird. Sometimes it's just kind of meh.

Screen Media will release NAKED SINGULARITY in select theaters on August 6th as well as opening wide and on demand August 13th, 2021.

5 / 10

Messy script but still entertaining in moments

IN A NUTSHELL:Thanks to Screen Media for sending me a press screener so I could preview the movie. It won the Audience Award at the 2021 San Francisco Film Festival on opening night. Based on the PEN prize-winning novel A Naked Singularity by Sergio De La Pava, a former Manhattan District Attorney with first-hand knowledge of the everyday travesties of justice in city courtrooms, this genre-bending film is both an ambitious, razor-sharp indictment of legal dysfunction and an entertaining, high-stakes heist.

Naked Singularity tells the story of Casi (John Boyega), a promising young NYC public defender whose idealism is beginning to crack under the daily injustices of the very justice system he's trying to make right. Doubting all he has worked for and seeing signs of the universe collapsing all around him, he is pulled into a dangerous high-stakes drug heist by an unpredictable former client (Olivia Cooke) to beat the broken system at its own game.

THINGS I LIKED:The movie features John Boyega, Olivia Cooke, Bill Skarsgard, Ed Skrein, Linda Lavin, and Tim Blake Nelson. They all give outstanding performances. Great cast.

I've always enjoyed the "day-in-the-life" type of movies. This one features an attorney who actually wants to help people and make a positive difference.

I'm always fascinated to learn which executive producers have backed the film because they believe so much in it. In this case, it's award-winning Ridley Scott and Dick Wolf.

To provide greater insight on the movie's title, look at these definitions of "singularity": the state, fact, quality, or condition of being singular BUT ALSO "a point at which a function takes an infinite value, especially in space-time when matter is infinitely dense."There are some humorous moments and characters.

THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE:The movie talks about the public defendant department as a machine. The movie says that the justice system is criminal. Do you believe that?

Some scenes are so dark that they'll be hard to see on small devices.

You don't even get into the details of the actual heist until almost an hour into the movie.

It's slow-moving as we wait for something interesting to happen.

Some viewers will find the plot and characters confusing.

The movie trailer makes it look like it's going to be a lot more fun and entertaining than it is.

The idea of John Boyega with a sword seems appealing, yet is disappointing.

The movie thinks it's way cooler than it is.

TIPS FOR PARENTS:Kids will be completely bored. Plus, it's not really a movie for kids anyway.

Pre-marital relationsProfanity and F-bombsA woman really needs to wear a bra.

Some violence with bloodCriminal behavior

You can see my full review on my Movie Review Mom YouTube channel.

7 / 10

why not feel good...

Is my first though after viewing ''naked singularity''. Yes , its an easy story and a easy plot, but the black comedy and irony including the metaphysical draw you feel from staying at the rim of a black hole, gives you the laughs you need to forget every serious thing in life, because its that kind of feeling i get in a roller coaster, you can either scream or laugh, cause the singularity wont let you loose till its over.

So do give this ''law'' drama a chance, cause ill consider this a good idea to make a film over, its shallow but entertaining, the actingare very nice, and its like ringing a tubular bell when considering the choice of score, you wont forget the chimes and rythm of it all. So a seven stars from the grumpy old man.