On the very rare occasion I find myself with not really knowing what to say about a film. Mr. Nobody falls into this category. Even after watching it and thinking about it for around a week I'm not sure what it was all about. It was weird, vague, non sequential, philosophical, and all that jazz. Maybe a little too intellectual for its own good. It is not the type of film that is going to find a large audience. I'm not saying it was a bad film…I'm not sure what I am saying about it.
Nemo Nobody (Jared Leto – Alexander, Requiem for a Dream) is living your typical life. He is married to a woman named Elise (Sarah Polley – Splice, My Life Without Me) and they have three kids. One day he wakes up and he is an old man living in the year 2092. He is 120 years old and the last remaining mortal human in existence. Nobody dies anymore. While talking to a heavily tattooed man (Allan Corduner – Fred Claus, Vera Drake) who seems to be a doctor or kind of psychiatrist, he is not preoccupied with how he got there or how he aged so rapidly, but rather seems more interested in talking with him and a newspaper journalist (Daniel Mays – Atonement, Pearl Harbor) there to interview him about whether he made the right choices in his life. Is he with the woman he is supposed to spend his life with? Has he had the children he is supposed to have? Nemo seems quite desperate to answer those questions, so rehashes all the permutations of the decisions he has made in his life.
Much of the film is based on the butterfly effect or the idea that one small change can have a large impact on a life or the entire world. Is there randomness in life? Is this existence just a product of chaos? Or can we be active in our lives and produce the kind of outcome we desire? An odyssey about the choices we make in our lives and the effects they have. In the end I found it hard to figure out and a little too forced artsy fartsy. Filled with questions and theories, it proved to be overwhelming for me.
The film ends up being a mixture of drama, sci fi and romance. Plenty of imagination (on the part of the filmmaker and the audience) is used and required to watch it. The story is a complex one and demands plenty of attention and brain power if you are going to follow it. It questions randomness and how our lives are constructed. We are given the opportunity to examine the choices Nemo makes from a very young age and then go back and see what happens when he does things differently.
At times I was confused followed by dazzled by the film. It is quite intelligent with a great soundtrack and lovely visuals. Will probably provoke discussions about the meaning of life with those you see the film with. A film not suited to everyone's tastes and requires some life experience to be able to relate to the love, marriage, children, and aging aspects. It might make some out there question the very choices they have made in their lives.