Movie Review: Narcopolis
Set in a future where all drugs are legal, this dazzling techno-thriller combines high-octane action with high-concept science fiction. While investigating a grisly overdose death, hard-boiled cop Frank Grieves (Elliot Cowan) gets drawn into a deadly conspiracy involving a lethal new super-drug and a shadowy mega-corporation. Conjuring a stunningly realized universe in which gritty violence unfolds in a sleek digital dystopia, Narcopolis is a propulsive, visually explosive head-trip.
Narcopolis is one of those movies many of us will never hear about until that friend of ours recommends it, and insists we see it, then we quickly become advocates for it too.
The concept of the film sounded interesting, and as I began to watch the film I was sucked into it more and more, much like the individuals taking the drugs flowing throughout. And then, like a crazy acid fueled trip, things I thought I knew I didn’t, and the film veers into a direction I wasn’t expecting at all. I don’t want to give away the twist, but the film feels like a drug fueled trip it displays so often on the screen.
The film is visually amazing, with a look that’s consistent throughout and completely engaging in a world that feels like the future, and a blending of so many things we’ve seen before, but in a good way. The visuals, the way it’s shot and directed, there’s a vision here and it’s apparent from what’s up on screen. The colors, the vibe, there’s very much a Blade Runner aspect to it all. That vision also transfers to the soundtrack which breathes more life into the film, enhancing the esthetic with a pulse pounding techno-vibe. It’s a great blending of soundtrack and visuals.
The performances too are sharp and entertaining, taking you along the journey which veers from sci-fi thriller, to cop procedural, and everyone involved makes you believe this world is real, no matter where it goes storywise.
Narcopolis was a film that came out of nowhere for me, but it’s one that I’m no telling everyone I can about. Visually amazing, entertaining, with a hell of a soundtrack, it’s a film I’m going back to watch again and again to pick up all the small clues and details peppered throughout. One of my favorite films this year.
Overall Rating: 8.75
Directed by: Justin Trefgarne
Produced by: Daniel-Konrad Cooper, Paula Turnbull, Eldar Tuvey
Cast: Elliot Cowan, Elodie Young, Jonathan Pryce
TRT: 96 minutes