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Parents' Guide to

Naked Singularity

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Iffy message in drug heist drama; sex, language, violence.

Movie R 2021 93 minutes
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Some teens may lean into this crime drama as their version of The Matrix, but it's really much more comparable to The Butterfly Effect: not great, but memorable, with interesting ideas. It's easy to see teens using Naked Singularity as a reference point in long, passionate discussions about the idea that the world around us isn't exactly what it seems and that perhaps something greater is happening in the cosmos or beyond -- something that could be manipulated, if only we could figure out how.

Boyega and co-star Olivia Cooke are phenomenal, continuing to prove they're talent worth following. Boyega is equally funny and haunting as an Everyman who's trying to do the right thing, and Cooke is convincingly unrecognizable from any of her previous characterizations. In adapting Sergio De La Pava's award-winning 700-page mashup of science, crime, and social commentary, writer-director Chase Palmer created quite a challenge for himself. Considering the daunting nature of the task, the result isn't half bad, but what gets lost are key details, brushed through quickly and left in the gritty corners. Comparing life to astronomy can leave your head spinning. As a whole, the endeavor isn't as smart as it pretends it is, but you might feel smart while watching it -- and, sometimes, that's good enough.

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