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Written by Chris Mayo   
Tuesday, 09 June 2009

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Directed by: Franck Vestiel
Written by: Franck Vestiel, Pierre Bordage
Produced by: Cédric Jimenez
Cinematography by: Thierry Pouget
Editing by: Nicolas Sarkissian
Music by: Seppuku Paradigm
Cast: Clovis Cornillac
Year: 2007
Country: France
Language: French (and English)
Color: Color
Runtime: 98 Minutes

Video: NTSC R1
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, 2.0 (English, French)
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Studio: Magnet Releasing
Official Website: http://www.sixshooterfilmseries.com/edenlog/

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A man wakes up in a scummy filth bath, in some sort of subterranean cave.  The cave is dark other than a flickering light in the distance.  The light source is attached to some kind of uniform on a dead man in the cave.  Our recently awaken unknown man, takes the flashlight from the unknown dead guy.  Our lead character makes his way along the cave and finds a room with a series of projected images of women, of varying ethnicities.  They present our recently aroused, dirt-covered hero an offering of a passport into “Eden Log”.  What follows next is our main character venturing through this post-apocalyptical industrial subterranean wasteland as he attempts to piece everything together (along with us, the viewer).

Eden Log is a confusing tale which leaves the viewer mainly guessing throughout its runtime.  The main character comes across rooms with weird projections of previously recorded “goings-on” that don’t disclose much.  He runs into a man attached to a wall who warns our lead to stay away or he’ll be sorry.  He runs into people in survival spaceman looking suits who propose information to him through contrived bits of info.  Never does anyone come out and say what the hell has actually happened.  When our hero meets a woman in this wasteland he mysteriously has sex with her.  She is willing and all, but it’s rather nonsensical.  After finding out what the hell is going on, there would plenty of time for a romp.  I guess you need to be in this guy’s shoes -- put into a subterranean wasteland with no recollection of how you got there -- in order to pass judgment.  There’s also a Soylent Green element thrown in and an insinuation that our guy created the very environment he’s immersed in.  When two guards are hunting him down, they muse “Tell me how they expect us to find a runaway in a maze that he designed himself.”  Oh, and did I mention there are some sort of mutant creatures running amok trying to kill him?

Eden Log is practically a black and white experience with high contrast lighting, to very black darkness.  Even though the film is shot in color, it’s all rather muted and works quite well.  The film is very ambitious.  Director Franck Vestiel’s attempts at an engaging sci-fi film are admirable, but sadly after the initial intrigue dissipates it falls shy of entertainment.  The film’s strengths lie in its set-pieces and backdrop.  Everything looks woefully authentic and dismal, but that unfortunately grows tiring after 98-minutes.  As a short film, Eden Log probably would have been a more engrossing experience.  Vestiel shows promise in the horror/sci-fi genre and I look forward to future projects from him.

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SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL:

- French Language Version

Magnet Releasing releases Eden Log on DVD as a part of its Six Shooter Film series.  The film is presented 1.85:1 anamorphic and looks perfect.  The film is shot in dismal locations so there are a lot of dark scenes, but artifacting never poses a problem.  The audio is presented in French Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 as well as English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0.  Having both language options are a bonus.  The film was shot in France, but it seems that the English scenes aren’t dubbed (more on that shortly.)  Seppuku Paradigm’s soundtrack is often subtle and haunting and complements Eden Log perfectly.  While it isn’t as cool as the Martyrs score it’s still great.  The supplemental material included is the French language version of the film.  What’s unique about this is that Eden Log is a French movie, shot in France, so what they did instead of dubbing it into English was reshoot the French dialog scenes in English.  There is little dialog in the film with actual lip movements that I suppose it was just as feasible to reshoot the scenes in English. 

 

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