What to say if you liked it
An ingenious synthesis of Tales of the Unexpected and Kafka burnished with a glittering sheen of modernity.
What to say if you didn’t like it
A reactionary tale that allowed the palpable loathing of mobile phones to surmount the necessity for a cogent plot and believable characters.
What was good about it?
• Marc Warren as the vile salesman Alex whose life was dominated by his mobile phone, until it decided it had had enough of his “seedy texts” and disrupted Alex’s life to the point where it caused his sacking, the death of his wife and ultimately his own death.
• Nick Frost and Zoë Telford were very good in supporting roles.
• The idea of a phone rebelling against its owner was quite novel. Part of the reason for the mobile phone destroying Alex’s life was because he had the Lone Ranger as his ringtone. We wished that everybody who possesses an annoying ring tone had their lives slightly spoilt (apart from those with that damn frog – they can burn in Hell).
What was bad about it?
• There wasn’t enough of a twist at the very end – the phone said half way through that Alex would die, which he subsequently did.
• The idea of a mobile phone having a conscience was not very believable when you consider that they exist simply to facilitate amoral behaviour rather than prevent it, in much the same way as dubious religious dogma enabled Tomas de Torquemada to carry out atrocities during the Spanish Inquisition.
• Some of the clues were a little too obvious, such as the trainee humiliated by Alex standing outside Alex’s home when he received the threatening text messages. He was actually a cabbie picking up a regular fare.
• The police officer at the site of Alex’s wife’s fatal road accident knew rather too much, too quickly about the crash, leading us to suspect the whole adventure might be a dream.