Director(s): Tony Baez Milan
Available Quality: DivX
IMDB Rating: 4.6 out of 10 (135 votes)
As our world suffers the ravages of humankind, scientists look for ways to sustain life. When one of them falls ill and a chrysalis forms around him, a tug of war ensues about the future of the stricken scientist... and ultimately the fate of the Earth. A compelling thriller from a story by Ray Bradbury.
sworl-181-82257 (17 May 2013)
Smith finds himself the odd man out in one of the last researchbunkers, manned by a team of three scientists, in a destroyedirradiated Earth. Searching for a way for plant life to flourish againin a dead and dying world, Smith finds himself mystically drawn toexpose himself to the elements and walk about the surface. Thus beginsthe dystopian tale based on Ray Bradbury's story.I enjoyed the play of personalities, superstitious fear warring withscientific inquiry, and a cracking good SciFi story. The movie has asomewhat leisurely pace, and if you're looking for massive specialeffects you may be disappointed; however, if you're a fan of ideas andGaea taking care of her own, then this it quite an entertaining littleflick.
JoeB131 (17 May 2013)
I'm getting the feeling that this was a pretty faithful adaptation ofBradbury's story. I haven't read that story, so I don't know how close,but Bradbury (who amazingly, is still alive) had unprecedented controlover his work. (As opposed to Richard Matheson, whose work is prettymuch put through a blender.) The thing is, this was a movie made on thecheap, and I'm not sure it really translates well to screen. Okay, Iwasn't expecting a CGI shoot-em-up, but an hour and a half of guysarguing about whether a prop in the middle of the room is a danger ornot gets boring after a while, too.Worth watching? Maybe to hardcore Bradbury fans looking for faithfuladaptations.
lewis-claudette (17 May 2013)
Any word on more release dates? I did see the Los Angeles Shriekfestscreening listed on the website. I saw it's also playing in Phoenixlater this month. Any word on when this will be released wide? Pleaseshow it in Chicago soon. My friend's went to Comic Con this past summerand during the Ray Bradbury panel they said that the movie was comingout near the end of the year. I'm surprised to see it's already playingin film festivals. We need more info please... I thought there was anepisode of Ray Bradbury theater based on this story too. I just orderedthe DVD set of that show and noticed how I was wrong about that. Now Iwant to see this movie even more since it's actually an untapped pieceof Bradbury material.
shawnmack (17 May 2013)
Really super bad acting, boring dragged out.... Has a cheap TV moviefeel to it.. Did I mention that acting is horrendous .....I am trulygrateful I didn't pay any money to see this turkey. This thing belongson rotten tomatoes. How can you take an excellent story from Bradburyand ruin it like this. These people should be shot. The movie has allthe good post apocalyptic trappings but falls really short of quality.I think this would have made a better play. The acting is so bad thatthe movie truly suffers, I would expect something like this for thehomemade movies you see at the video store every once in a while. I amsure the budget was less than $10,000 (if it wasn't ...some one gotripped off)
info-10912 (15 May 2013)
I was quite surprised with this film. if anyone has read the story itcame from, FINALLY someone has been loyal to the Ray Bradbury Story andnot moved off into their own self-belief. I suppose if you are ateenager who expects a Scyfy monster of the week, this isn't for you.But real Science Fiction is what this film is, and at it's best.Obviously the film is on a small budget, but it is handled well andsuccinctly by its producers and director. the actor work well andappear credible.The make-up effects work well and the film manages to purvey adark/gloomy tone. It is not meant to be a film like 300 with a hugescope and bombastic action. It is an intellectual examination of analien presence on Earth. Watched it once, will watch it again.More films like this please!
Wilfred Bernardo (14 May 2013)
Just saw this last night at the Shriekfest film fest in Los Angeles.I'm not a big Bradbury fan myself (more of a Harlan Ellison fan) but Imust say this is a really good piece of work. It's sad to see some ofthe things that are considered Science Fiction films these days, butthis is the real deal. The movie is based on a Ray Bradbury short storyand pretty much deals with mankind's attempt at survival after theplanet has been messed up pretty badly. We see some of that damageearly on in the film but then quickly the film introduces us to anisolated group of scientists who are going about trying to figure out away to undo some of the damage to the environment, specifically toplant life. This is where it gets real interesting since one of thembegins to mutate and develops a Chrysalis that covers his body. No onereally knows what could come out of that thing. What works so well ishow invested you are in the struggle between all the characters, eachwith their very unique perspective on how to deal with the crisis. Theactors are really good at keeping you invested in the proceedings. Youcan tell the film is truly an homage to those classic science fictionstories to come out of the pulp magazines during the golden age. The FXare really well done, everything looks organic and as far as I couldtell no CG. Should be coming out soon. Lets hope this gets moreexposure than Bradbury's last effort A SOUND OF THUNDER. This onedeserves to be seen. I'm starting to feel real positive about Sci-Ficinema again with MAN FROM EARTH last year and now CHRYSALIS.
Bill Paterson (13 May 2013)
I'm dying to see this again. Saw it earlier this year at the Sci-Fifest in Boston amid dreadful films that don't even deserve to be in thescience fiction genre (Alien Raiders, please...). The crowd at theevent was more into the b schlock movies and was not the type of groupthat can appreciate cerebral science fiction. I was really upset thatthis was the only real SF film premiering at this year's event, but wastotally satisfied by it. I have been telling friends about it eversince, wanting them to check it out but there's no date on when it willget a wide release.Unfortunately all the creature and gore movies get released andgenuinely good stories that truly deserve to be seen, and that actuallyuphold the great science fiction literary tradition don't get theattention they deserve. somebody please put this film out!!!!
ericd325 (13 May 2013)
Finally got to see Chrysalis on demand this week and I have to say Iwas really pleased. I was hoping they wouldn't go and turn Bradbury'sstory about human evolution into another piece of post apocalypticviolent junk. I'm glad to report that wasn't the case. I didn'trecognize any of the actors but Bradbury's dialogue and story keepsthings very interesting. The movie features a series of Emergencybroadcasts all throughout which are used to fill the characters (andthe audience) in on what's happening in the rest of the world duringthis ecological crisis the movie presents. I think that's one of themost clever storytelling techniques in the film. I really enjoy how thestory is told on two different fronts -- the main characters inside theresearch facility with their dilemma about the Chrysalis and the restof the world suffering through the eco-crisis which we get to discoverthrough the emergency broadcasts. Highly recommend it for fans of truehard sci-fi. Can't wait to get it on DVD. Would love to see somefootage from the film festivals and Comic Con panels that Bradbury hasparticipated on to promote the film.
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