Salma Hayek and Owen Wilson star in a film that is incredibly whacky, trippy, and strange, but one somewhere along the way reveals itself to be full of heart.
When recently divorced and fired Greg (Wilson) meets Isabel (Hayek), a woman who lives on the streets and believes that the world around them is a simulation, his world is turned upside down. Hayek is particularly kooky in this role and unfortunately not totally believable as the conspiracy theorist she is meant to be. Thankfully Wilson’s performance is rather genuine and seemingly authentic, perhaps due to the film’s allegorical basis that seems to be addressing drug addiction. While this message never particularly connects, evidence of it is littered throughout. With its Matrix-like atmosphere, Bliss can be a lot of fun if you’re not trying to connect the pieces and answer the question at the core of the film: what is real? You will never get that answer.
Wilson has been somewhat quiet over the years with his own personal struggles and Bliss seems to be a cathartic vehicle for him, at least it comes across that way. He is enjoyable in every crazy scene and, through his character’s struggles, has a charm that sneaks up on you. Not great, not terrible… Bliss is welcomed distraction from our real world, one that we can only hope is a trying simulation.
Bliss releases on Amazon Prime Video this Friday.
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