Shane wrote, directed, produced, edited, made music for and starred in this one. Something tells me he should have had someone else there too to give him a second opinion. 6 years 7 months ago
This shows what is actually possible with movies these days. The compositions, cinematography, music and overall ambience of Upstream Color leave one speechless for 96 minutes, and if you allow it, you get sucked up by a plot you presumably won't understand, yet are keen to decipher.
It's unbelievable Shane Carruth basically created this all by himself - directing, writing, producing, editing, composing the soundtrack (!) AND being the main actor; I can't think of any recent example for such craftmanship. No wonder it took him nearly a decade after the comparably complex and fascinating Primer to return.
Who knows what's coming up next from him - I'm frightened and eager at the same time. 6 years 10 months ago
After watching both Primer and Upstream Color, I could probably follow him like he was the Messiah of the filmindustry.
I don't know if I understood what was going on, but that doesn't matter. This movie is so beautiful, confusing, terrifying, touching, and probably a lot more I can't put to words. What Shane Carruth manage to do with such a low budget is beyond belief.
Maybe it is just me, that Carruth, through what he does speaks to me, but this movie is the best movie I have ever seen. A perfect 10/10.
As mentioned, I'm not sure if I understand anything at all. But I honestly don't think this was made for people to understand. I think this was made to be pleasing to the eye, ears, heart and soul (we're getting deep here), and to let people make up their own minds about this. And that is magical. 5 years 7 months ago
In 3 official lists
This movie ranks #37 in A.V. Club's The Best Movies of the 2010s
This movie ranks #164 in 366 Weird Movies
This movie ranks #233 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films