We all have our own opinion on what could change the world and make it better. Should we reform politics, change our own behavior, let nature run its course?
Mason, Chris Mason (Broadchurch (TV), Legend), the protagonist of Mad Genius, has his own solution all prepared: map the human brain and hack it to eliminate hate and destructive behaviors altogether.
However, another hacker, Eden, Faran Tahir (Iron Man, Star Trek), is after the technology Mason needs for the same reason but a far more destructive end: destroy humanity. The catch? Mason is not only a genius hacker, he is also a bit mad.
After experimenting on himself, his mind starts projecting Finn, Scott Mechlowicz (Mean Creek, EuroTip), a man visible and audible only to Mason whose impulsivity both help and hinder Mason’s plan.
The real question therefore is: how much of what is happening is real and how much comes from Mason’s troubled brain?
With Mad Genius, writer and director Royce Gorsuch (Those Screams (Short), Typeshift (Short)), throws a lot of questions and ideas around. He is clearly trying to push the boundaries and create a work of science-fiction that will leave its trace on the genre and on people’s minds.
Unfortunately, the result is an ambivalent film with some clear qualities but otherwise riddled with flaws and, in the end, more forgettable than memorable.
The film is well-shot and filled with interesting effects and techniques: fast cuts let us know about what Mason is thinking about in a very clear and effecting way, and the glitching effect that happens during some of the interactions between Mason and Finn is also really well done.
The special effects overall are good, with again great visual ideas although not as present as you could expect it.
Some cool techniques are also used, like informative text appearing on screen to let us know the extent of Mason’s knowledge and his way of thinking, or a scene in which Mason and Finn literally explain to the viewer – looking directly into the camera – the science behind their plan.