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MARJORIE PRIME, new sci-fi & love delight starring Jon Hamm

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If you've watched Black Mirror, you might have seen Jon Hamm (Mad Men) navigating a very interesting, technology-bound scenario. Now, in the upcoming sci-fi drama, Marjorie Prime, the actor is putting that experience to good use and taking it to another level. Check out the trailer below, it's quite the ride. Watch Spike Jonze's Her for extra enjoyment.

Hamm plays a smart hologram alongside Lois Smith, Geena Davis, and Tim Robbins in director Michael Almereyda‘s (Experimenter) science-fiction drama, Marjorie Prime. In the future, there’s a company providing holographs of the deceased. Hamm plays one of those holograms, Walter, for Marjorie (Smith). At the age of 86, Marjorie isn’t doing well and wants to piece together the past with her deceased husband. Marjorie and her children, played by Robbins and Davis, go through some painful history together to give Walter, Marjorie’s “Prime,” an understanding of the man he was. The more the hologram interacts with the family, the rapidly he can become the person he's impersonating.

“I’ll be right here — I have all the time in the world,” the hologram assures Marjorie in the trailer, released Wednesday by distributor FilmRise.

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The official synopsis reads:

Marjorie Prime is based on a play, feels like a play, and seems like it probably would’ve been better off left as a play. Despite an intriguing Black Mirror-esque premise and strong performances from its central cast (Lois Smith, Geena Davis, Jon Hamm, and Tim Robbins), the film comes out feeling static and distant.

The movie was well-received at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The film won the Sloan Feature Film Prize, which includes a $20,000 cash award. The award jury cited its “imaginative and nuanced depiction of the evolving relationship between humans and technology, and its moving dramatization of how intelligent machines can challenge our notions of identity, memory and mortality.”

Marjorie Prime is set to open in New York and Los Angeles on August 18 with a national rollout to follow.

Check out the trailer below.

", while watching “Marjorie Prime,” you wonder if the composer was given a slightly different film to score, everything fits into place when Mica Levi’s name pops up in the closing credits. The British prodigy’s stark, nervy strings were essential to the cultivated atmospherics of “Under the Skin” and “Jackie”; here, they float dazzlingly on the surface, fully in sympathy with the darkest, saddest subtextual impulses of the material, but not quite supporting Almereyda’s more anodyne aspects thereof. Instead, production designer Javiera Varas’ fifty-shades-of-peach treatment of the film’s single location — a beach house on a narratively indeterminate stretch of American shoreline, shot on Long Island — sets the softer tone for a nonetheless claustrophobic chamber piece." (Variety)

"Awkward pacing and questionable narrative choices pepper the feature, which starts strong and raises bigger questions to which it will return during its otherwise lumpy run. Now in her twilight years, Marjorie (Smith) struggles to remember things big and small, but she’s aided by a handsome hologram (Hamm) designed to look and act like her deceased husband, Walter. Like all primes, Walter Prime learns more about “himself” by conversing with Lois, ingesting knowledge and memories and smartly calling them back up when required." (Indiewire)

""The future will be here soon enough, you might as well be friendly with it," says the title character played by the magnificent Lois Smith in Marjorie Prime. That advice represents a philosophical departure from the usual dire screen depictions of the role technology will play in our lives moving forward. It gives Michael Almereyda's exquisitely acted chamber drama a visionary quality, with its depiction of a near-future in which pixel-generated avatars can provide human comfort. Naturally, that exchange also comes with risks, being subject to our own propensity for trying to tidy up the past, shaving off the messy edges of imperfect lives.

Based on Jordan Harrison's Pulitzer-shortlisted 2014 play, this is the rare recent stage-to-screen adaptation that actually improves on the source. For one thing, its intimate exploration of lives in the present, past and future makes immeasurable gains from being witnessed in close-up. But Almereyda's smart script also has rendered the material more dramatically satisfying, locating a poignant emotional undercurrent that remained muted onstage." (The Hollywood Reporter)

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