With Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern, Lexy Kolker and others.
This is a bit of a weird one. The film itself seems to take ages before you finally have a clue of what it’s even about. Yes, a clearly protective father is trying to train his daughter to survive outside, should such a thing ever happen. But given the story is mostly experienced from the worldviews of Chloe, who is about eight years of age, the film in the end doesn’t clear up much, to be fair.
Her father protects her so severely that at some point, you get the feeling Chloe is dealing with an overprotective and slightly deranged father. Then you get a taste of what that real life would entail for Chloe and you’re even more confused. At least I was.
Don’t get me wrong, it probably isn’t my genre, although scifi usually has my interest. It’s just that the story in itself is so shallow. It doesn’t seem to tell what’s so wrong about these ‘Freaks’, nor what happens with them, and why Chloe has to make up a whole new lifestory that needs to be rehearsed.
The strong part about the film is that you have no clue of what is real or imagined. At any given time.
But if you want a theory behind the film; there doesn’t seem to be one. Albeit not a strong one.