The Anomaly is directed by Noel Clarke who also occupies the leading role of Ryan Reeve, a traumatised ex soldier whose last lucid memory is of being in rehab receiving treatment for post traumatic stress. However the beginning of the film finds him in the back of a van with a shackled, kidnapped and extremely distressed child who claims that his mother has been killed by assassins in red masks who broke into their home and after killing her threw him into the back of the van. Ryan is even more confused and disorientated than the child and has literally moments to decide on his next course of action as it could be the one to save both of their lives.
It is an interesting start to the film and in many ways it is unfortunate that the film never retains this momentum as it thereafter tries to be so many other films-Minority Report, Sourcecode and Inception and their ilk all course through the DNA of this production- and even though it manages to borrow from some of the best in the sci fi/thriller genre it never quite reaches those lofty peaks itself.
Part of the problem with this production is that it tries to incorporate effects which seem to fall short of the desired effect and this slows it down somewhat. The fight sequences try to conjure up an otherworldly feeling but end up looking like lame CGI attempts which seem rather pointless.
Clarke is exemplary throughout though and in this he is ably supported by Ian Somerhalder, Alexis Knapp, Luke Hemsworth and even Brian Cox makes an appearance towards the end of the film. Unfortunately Niall Greig Fulton’s mad, bad Russian scientist is straight out of drama school and didn’t graduate with honours.
The actual premise of the film is good however and even if the effects don’t quite hit the mark many other parts of the film do and its youthful exuberance and desire to try to make a credible science fiction film without the big budget such a production usually requires is admirable in itself. However despite this it never quite feels like it deserves the habitat of the big screen and would perhaps be better suited to a television experience or possibly even a series. Unfortunately in many ways it seems it feels this way about itself as it lacks that vital spark to draw you wholly into its world.