In a scene right before the movie's second half, Sofi and Ian discuss some worms he has in the lab, which have been mutated to have a gene that allows for eyes, even though the worms have no eyes at all. She discusses—at an excruciatingly slow pace, the filmmakers going slow so that you can keep up with them (sigh)—how worms that have never seen light couldn't possibly know it's there, couldn't ever understand what it's like to see, what dimensions are, and yet: light exists. So then what if humans were simply blind worms, one spiritual level removed?
This kind of thing is the sort of faux-profundity my generation can kind of go nuts for sometimes, it's also only functional if there's anything to believe in—something the movie never offers. And what good are eyes if there's not anything to see?
About 50 profanities in total, split evenly between f-, s-, and d-words, as well as a handful of other more minor swearies. Ian and Sofie meet and almost immediately have sex—we see her upper thigh but no nudity. They sleep together other times over the course of the film, but only sides and lower backs are visible. Later we see them in bed and she's topless. A character is interrupted while pleasuring himself. One character loses her legs in an elevator accident; we don't see the event, and the aftermath is shot in such a vague and out-of focus way that it's way more haunting than if they'd actually just shown the thing.
Jackson Cuidon is a writer in New York City. You can follow him @jxscott.