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by Rob Friesel

dopamine_film_poster.jpgJust don’t. Our new subscription to Blockbuster’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 Dopamine, 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. Weekend homebrewer, beer educator at Black Flannel, and Certified Cicerone. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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