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Dopamine

by Rob Friesel

dopamine_film_poster.jpgJust don’t. Our new subscription to [tag]Blockbuster[/tag]’s DVD-by-mail-to-compete-with-Netflix plan has us high on the opportunity to cheaply take risks on films we’d otherwise normally stay away from. Anyway, imagine our conflict…

With a title like [tag]Dopamine[/tag], how could we possibly stay away? But with a description like:

…In San Francisco during the economic heyday of computer technology, Rand (John Livingston) works as a software designer. […] Rand’s love life hasn’t been very productive, especially because his father (William Windom) has been repeatedly telling him that love is just a series of chemical reactions […] One day, Rand […] meets preschool teacher Sarah (Sabrina Lloyd), whom he feels strongly attracted to. […] Despite their differing opinions on the chemical nature of love, Rand and Sarah begin a romance that puts their theories to the test…

Well, Dopamine is worth a shot, eh?

It had its chance.

There are a few clever lines (“He always questions human nature and you always take advantage of it…”) and a few neat shots but overall we’re left feeling disappointed.  We’ve got a story with a lot of promise that doesn’t fully explore its content and has jabs that are either too subtle (at least for a casual, non-scientific audience), too over the top, or otherwise unresolved in that superfluous and vaguely irrelevant sort of way.

One question: What’s with the municipal vehicles motif?  (Or am I just imaging something there?)

I wanted to like this one, I really did.  But I regret to inform you, gentle reader, that it’s DOA.

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

3 Responses to Dopamine

found_drama says:

I don’t know if I’d call it a cliche but it was certainly predictable. I remember sighing in the last few moments of our denouement thinking, “Please don’t go there…” And for a brief shining moment (“Hey! How are you?” “What the fuck do you care?”) I thought we might break free. But no, we dove right back into “ah yes of course we would do that” territory.

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