On_Line

"Bad"

On_Line Review


Our culture is spending too much time online (shame on you, readers!) So making a movie about being an Internet surfer looking for love in all the wrong places feels redundant -- why would you want to watch a movie about searching for sex and love and, oh yeah, human connection via the Almighty Computer?

On_Line isn't even really a movie in the traditional sense. It feels more like a Web site. The cinematic frame, if you can call it that, is filled up with "pop up windows" as characters talk with one another over webcam. It's a distracting back and forth electronic collage, as bright young slacker John (Josh Hamilton, The House of Yes), suicidal waif Moira (Isabel Gillies), foxy sex goddess Jordan (Vanessa Ferlito), gay best friend Al (John Fleck), and other techno-geek characters communicate over the desktop.

If this use of split-screen storytelling seems familiar -- just in time to compete with Ang Lee's Hulk -- it's probably because you're waiting for the flashing banner ad to appear. Granted, there are actual scenes where the characters aren't sitting at their computers chatting away, or pining away in their live feed web diaries. But those scenes are so sloppily shot and poorly lit, using crappy-looking digital video, that you'll be screaming for the characters to hurry up and get back on the World Wide Web.

John hooks up with Jordan online, but the spice of their Internet relationship ain't there in the real world. John's roommate Moe (Harold Perrineau Jr.) seduces Jordan and Moira, and his friendship and business partnership with John goes on the rocks. An attempted suicide and a gay relationship round out the soap opera mechanics of the rather slim plot, as On_Line doesn't really invest in these computer drones as personalities. They're part of the machine, and they wind up with less personality than HAL from 2001.

If On_Line fails as a narrative, as a techno-collage, as a love story (these ciphers are more in love with their gadgets and their egos than with each other), or as a technical innovation, at least it can purport to be the first movie showing foreplay-to-climax sex chat masturbation sequences. But if that's all you're interested in you can probably find it on your computer instead of wasting a trip to the movie theater. On_Line reveals the desperation of all-day-long computer users, but it gazes so deep into its own navel that it doesn't reveal who they are, or what they dream.

DVD extras include a number of short deleted scenes, two commentary tracks, a making-of flick, and an inventive split-screen featurette. A little history of the webcam is also thrown in.

Aka On Line.

She's waiting for your click.



Facts and Figures

Run time: 97 mins

In Theaters: Tuesday 1st January 2002

Box Office USA: $25.7k

Distributed by: Indican Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 1.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 38%
Fresh: 15 Rotten: 24

IMDB: 5.7 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Jed Weintrob

Producer:

Starring: as John Roth, as Moe Curly, as Moira Ingalls, as Al Fleming, as Jordan Nash, as Ed Simone

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

Contactmusic 2017 Exclusive

New Movies

Patriots Day Movie Review

Patriots Day Movie Review

The third time's a charm for Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg, who previously teamed...

A Cure for Wellness Movie Review

A Cure for Wellness Movie Review

It's no surprise that this creep-out horror thriller is packed with whizzy visual invention, since...

It's Only the End of the World Movie Review

It's Only the End of the World Movie Review

At just 27 years old, Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan has an almost overwhelming set of...

Hidden Figures Movie Review

Hidden Figures Movie Review

This film recounts such a great true story that we don't mind the fact that...

The Founder Movie Review

The Founder Movie Review

This is the story of Ray Kroc, the man who created the concept of McDonald's....

John Wick: Chapter 2 Movie Review

John Wick: Chapter 2 Movie Review

Keanu Reeves picks up his supremely efficient hitman immediately where the 2015 original left him:...

Fences Movie Review

Fences Movie Review

After winning Tony Awards on Broadway, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis reteam for a film...

Advertisement
The Lego Batman Movie Movie Review

The Lego Batman Movie Movie Review

A spin-off from 2014's awesome The Lego Movie, this raucously paced action-comedy is proof that...

The Space Between Us Movie Review

The Space Between Us Movie Review

While the premise of this movie makes it look like a sci-fi adventure, the truth...

Toni Erdmann Movie Review

Toni Erdmann Movie Review

On paper, the idea of a two-hour 40-minute German comedy may not seem very promising,...

Gold Movie Review

Gold Movie Review

Based on a true story, this lively and sometimes outrageous adventure is packed with twists...

Loving Movie Review

Loving Movie Review

While this film tackles a huge issue in the history of race relations in America,...

T2 Trainspotting Movie Review

T2 Trainspotting Movie Review

It's been 20 years since we last saw four freewheeling young junkies from Edinburgh spiral...

Hacksaw Ridge Movie Review

Hacksaw Ridge Movie Review

Based on an astounding true story, this battlefield drama mixes warm emotion with intense action...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.