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Article #418 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 5-7-2002
Posting date: 9-30-2002

When a scientist in love with a woman loses her to his best friend, he creates a duplicate of her for himself.

Practically every plot description I've seen of this movie tells a bit more of the plot than I have above, and I think they give away too much. I do know that if you know in advance certain plot points, the first part of the movie seems interminable; as it is, this early Hammer film (before they turned to horror) has more running time than story, the latter of which would neatly fill a half-hour of "The Twilight Zone." The movie tries to flesh out the story by concentrating on character, which I believe is the proper strategy in this case, but it never really goes far enough; the characters never become compellingly interesting people, and instead you're left with too many scenes that go on too long, too much unnecessary narration, and too many plot points that are unnecessarily repeated. It's certainly not your conventional science fiction story, but it's also not a success, IMO; only a nice try.

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