This post is part of my movie-a-day challenge in which I will watch a film every day for 365 days. Today is Day 64. You can see all the posts for this challenge HERE. To see the original Movie-a-Day Challenge post, click HERE.
So, I just finished watching “A Hard Problem,” directed by the duo Hazart, and oh my stars, what a ride! Starring the charming Johnny Berchtold, Catherine Haena Kim, and the young but mighty Gavin Warren, this film is a sci-fi journey through grief, loss, and the wild world of artificial intelligence. It’s like a hidden gem in the sci-fi genre. You know, the kind that makes you go, “Huh, that was… different.” 🤔
Let’s break it down, shall we? The film dives into this unique concept of ‘the Institute,’ where they archive loved ones’ consciousness. Yeah, you heard that right. It’s like a digital afterlife thingamajig. Crazy, right? As for the plot, it revolves around Ian (played by the ever-charismatic Johnny Berchtold) grappling with the death of his mother and he is tasked with packing up her house. But wait, it’s not your typical mourning story. There’s a twist – something’s off about him. You know, like when you’re trying to put a USB in, and it never goes in on the first try? That kind of off. 🙃
Now, let’s talk about Catherine Haena Kim, who plays Olivia. She’s the stranger roped into this mess by Ian’s sister, Lisa (Jennifer Hasty). Kim’s performance? Simply stellar. She brings this warmth and depth to Olivia that just hooks you right in. She’s got layers, like an onion, and watching her peel them back scene by scene is something else. And let’s not forget the kiddo, Gavin Warren. This little guy brings a sense of innocence that’s just so pure and heartwarming.
The sci-fi elements in this movie are like a perfectly seasoned dish – just enough to add flavor without overpowering the main course. The focus is more on the human aspect, the raw and real emotions of loss and grief. It’s like the movie gently holds your hand and walks you through these heavy themes.
Johnny Berchtold, our man Ian, is an absolutely fascinating character. He’s got this prim and proper vibe that screams, “I’m hiding something.” And guess what? He is. Something huge. ‘Nuff said.
One of the coolest parts of the film is how it explores the idea of objects and memories. Like, have you ever smelled a perfume and suddenly you’re back in your grandma’s living room? That kind of nostalgia hits hard in this movie. 🌸
The directing by Hazart is on point. They weave in these memory flashbacks that are so beautifully shot, you can’t help but feel a little artsy watching it. And the questions the film raises – about being human, dealing with loss, and the ethical dilemmas of AI – are thought-provoking without being preachy.
But no movie’s perfect, right? Sometimes, the timeline can get a bit confusing, and you might find yourself doing a mental rewind to keep up. Also, the pacing can feel like a snail at times, and there are moments when you’re like, “C’mon, give me something more!” But honestly, those are minor hiccups in an otherwise captivating film.
“A Hard Problem” is a thought-provoking ride with emotional depth. It’s not your typical sci-fi extravaganza about flashy tech and futuristic scenarios but rather, it’s more of a quiet, introspective journey. It’s got its flaws, sure, but it’s worth a watch for its unique take on life, death, and everything in between. It’s a deeply human story about coping with loss and understanding what it truly means to be human. It’s like a warm hug telling you it’s okay to feel all the feels. 🤗
Catch you tomorrow! 🎬💫