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‘Sensation’ review: Untapped potential

Too familiar?

Sensation is a science-fiction thriller about a postman named Andrew (Eugene Simon) who discovers he has superhuman powers. He is recruited by a top secret DNA research program where he learns there are others just like him. When he learns that not only is he able to control the sense of others, but receive information from them, he begins to question what he is doing. 

This scenario has been played out many times in movies and comics. It is given a neat twist here that opens up lots of potential stories. Sensation seems like it is going to be more than a team of overpowered heroes taking on a nefarious villain. 

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There are flashes of creativity, but is mainly a paint by numbers sci-fi movie. The film is a mish mash of just about every trope of the genre. At times, things almost play out like an Easter egg hunt in a video game. This is partially due to the plot; there are only so many ways to introduce a previously normal person into a new and mysterious world, after all. Still, Sensation seems more reliant on other films than is usual.

'Sensation' review: Untapped potential

Mixed in with the too familiar plot are long periods of exposition. These moments tend to bog down Sensation as they are filled with pseduo-philosophy that is supposed to pass as world building. At its best, it is confusing; at its worst, it is silly. 

Despite these flaws, Sensation manages to remain interesting. The idea of reality and perception is explored and there are some cool visuals. By far, the highlight of the film is Alastair G. Cumming. He gives an over the top performance that is show stealing and an indicator of what could have been.

Sensation will be available on demand April 16

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