State of Consciousness (2022) – Inception & Matrix influence, blend?


Stephen’s is a man that live a normal and happy life with his girlfriend Alicia, one day he was accused of murder and entered into a mental facility where he was exposed to an experimental treatment lead by Dr. Fielder. Since that moment Stephen’s began to live a nightmare starting with the information that he can’t remember 18 months of his life, information that was delivered by Dr. Fielder to him and leave him shock and with a bunch of question with no answer, after that shocking new he was sent to his housed and received by his girlfriend Alicia that received him with love and also informing him that he must take a medicine every day, an additional news that Stephens just can comprehend that start to follows until his life collapse by the strange dreams he has making him confuse trying to confirm if what he is dreaming are really just dreams or the memories of those 18 months that he lost. Stephens is determined to find the answer and the truth of what happen in that place, the truth of how affected is his brain and the truth about his identity. This movie is full of intrigue and a disturbing idea that will dig in our minds, the idea that we can loose a long part of our life and try to live it as something that just happen or try to form the puzzle that has our minds to live in peace.

Director Marcus Stokes is the responsible to brings to the big screen State of Consciousness with Emile Hirsch in the main role, is a movie that will keep the audience engage to know the truth about what kind of experiment was the one that Stephen experienced and why him. These types of movies have a lot of audience because is a way to put our minds to work to get the answer previous the ending of the movie.

– Platform: Theaters
– Release: March 15, 2024


Director: Marcus Stokes

Marcus Stokes is an American director that started his career working as a visual effects artist at George Lucas Industrial Light and Magic after that he began working in different TV Series such as American Horror Stories 2022, The Walking Dead 2022, Criminal Minds 2017, Quantum Leap 2022 and The Flash 2019. Stokes continue working in more series but on 2005 he directed his first short film The Catalyst that was acquired by HBO known in the present as MAX, is a story about a man with a paranormal love seeking help with a stranger for save the life of his fiance, Stokes also worked in major films such as Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace and I, Robot. Stokes is the founder and president of The Working Director a Santa Monica based company specializing in the training aspiring professional directors. State of Consciousness is the director debut in the big screen of director Marcus Stokes. In the trailer we can see a little hint of inspiration for this movie that seems to be related to Matrix, probably the director wants to give a new world not so similar but with the essence of it.


Doubts on the cast, but still good enough?

Emile Hirsch plays the role of Stephen, a man that that was to participate in a clinical trial with an experimental drug, Hirsh is an American actor that start his carrier in the late 1990’s in the TV Series Wild Iris, his first cinematic debut was in the movie The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys 2002, other notable roles include The Girl Next Door 2004, Lords of Dogtown 2005, Milk 2008 and Speed Racer 2008, also he play the role of Chris McCandless in Into The Wild 2007 earning acclaim and multiple nominations. Tatjana Nardone take the role of Alicia, she is an Irish Italian actress and is best known for her work on TV series Medici Masters of Florence, Loro 2 by Paolo Sorrentino and portraying Ladwyss in the TV adaptation of Bernard Cornwell novel The Winter King. Gaia Scodellaro as Monique, she is an Italian actress that debut in Berlin with a Burlesque entitled Ambrosia and work in the Italian television in various roles, her major international production was The Equalizer 3 in which she plays the role of Aminah.


The twisted story of State of Consciousness

Stephen’s is a man that was accused of a mysterious murder and internee in a mental facility where he passed through an experimental treatment and all this supposedly to avoid putting him in jail. Stephen wake up and was informed that passed 18 months and he was shock about that information wondering what happen in his life during that time and more because he can’t remember anything. After the disturbing news he returned to his home with his girlfriend Alicia, she treat him as usual only indicating that he must take a pill every day, a pill he doesn’t know what is for but is the doctor recommendation and must follow it, at home Stephen’s try to recover his memories but he can’t and start something odd in his life, begins to has dreams that he is not sure if in fact are only dreams or events that he lived but can’t remember. Stephens will embark in a journey to reclaim his identity and memories, confronting his darkest corners of his own mind, where everything mix, trying to finally unveil what is real or not.

Behind the Scenes

State of Interest is a movie that filming and production navigated without obstacles. The movie was premiered at a festival in Italy in 2022 and is now is expected to be released in theaters on March 15th. A psychological thriller that promises to linger in the minds of the audience, forcing the audience to engage with the story and try to get the answer about what is really happening with the Stephens a man that is struggling to know the truth. Also invite the audience to enjoy the references about Matrix that can be seen since the trailer released.


Anticipation and Expectations

The story that is giving the director Marcus Stokes is a topic that many people enjoy, topic about the human psyche, a disturbing mind and lies. The trailer is giving information that the movie will be filled with mystery, suspense, psychological intrigue and something really interesting maybe a futuristic touch. The director invite the audience to explore and enjoy a journey of danger, revelations and plot twist all of this until the audience confirm what is true or illusions. Also can be mention the performance that Emile Hirsch is going to deliver on the movie that seems to be perfection as previous performances of this great actor. Something really unexpected but interesting is the reference about Matrix that make us believe that maybe director and screenwriters were huge influenced by the amazing world of Matrix.

From a world were everything is uncertainty State of Consciousness is coming with a story about a man that needs to find 18 months of his life that are just missing, a story where the main character can’t trust no one and where is life is plagued of lies, he is force to fight to recover his memories and live a normal life. Also the audience will see a reference about Matrix with the scene on the trailer where Stephens is hooked to a cable that connects to the back of his head giving that touch in the audience of think that what is watching is something that Stephens is really living or is just hallucination. This movie is perfect for audience that those movies were the mind must work to joined all the pieces of the puzzled and get the answer of the story but is also a good topic for that audience that wants to see something new in the cinematic industry.

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