Parents' Guide to

Super Me

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Writer violently dreams his way to wealth; language.

Movie NR 2019 102 minutes
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Super Me is at times fascinating, brilliant, and maddening as it exploits the rich terrain of the human dream world for cinematic exploration. But it often feels as if writer-director Zhang Chong has taken a clever fantasy past the point of his capacity to resolve the issues he raises. Unable to decide on an ending, he offers a few, dumping the poor audience into a disjointed miasma of doubt, parallel universes, and future-past-present stews.

Still, startling visuals, an immersive video game atmosphere, and a steady wash-rinse-repeat plot that's equal parts simplicity and obscurity make this a potential cult film, and certainly a good candidate for a sequel. It's just messy and vague enough to generate endless speculation among devotees, and endless rewatch parties, the way The Matrix and other dystopian essays on human greed and power-mongering have done. Viewers may still object to the muddiness of the vision as the plot progresses. The internal logic is upended over and over. Just when you think you understand the rules of this bizarre world, a plot twist contradicts the conclusion. Super Me is a bit like a philosophical amusement park ride that tries to ask some questions, but fails entirely at answering any of them.

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