“It is with considerable difficulty that I remember the original era of my being”¦”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
This is the line that intros the official trailer of the FOX series Lookinglass, due out in 2016. Lookinglass is a sci-fi show with horror and action undertones, about sibling geniuses who create the titular company. Mary (Dilshad Vadsaria) is dying of a rare form of cancer and needs a 1 in 10-million donor… which brings us to Jimmy (Philip Baker Hall). Jimmy Pritchard stumbles into a break in at his son’s house and is unceremoniously tossed off a bridge to his death… or so he thought.
FOX is continuing its recent trend of churning out sci-fi/horror themed shows with Lookinglass, premiering in 2016. Originally titled “The Frankenstein Code” the show crosses Shelley’s gothic story with elements of recent sci-fi film Self/less. In that film, older Ben Kingsley was put into the youthful corpse of Ryan Reynolds. Here disgraced Sheriff Jimmy Pritchard (Phillip Baker Hall) is killed after a botched break in at his son’s house only to be resurrected into the body of actor Rob Kazinksy (True Blood).
Read the synopsis, watch the “Inside Look,” and check out the image gallery below.
FOX’s official 2015-2016 series lineup announced Monday, May 11th, included The Frankenstein Code, an extremely modern take on the classic monster. The announcement came with an “Inside Look” video, where executive producers Howard Gordon and Rand Ravich, and lead Rob Kazinsky (True Blood, Pacific Rim), who plays “Frankenstein” Ray Pritchard, give a little intro to the show, and a little insight into the characters.
30 Minutes or Less Directed by Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Nick Swardson, Aziz Ansari, Michael Pena, Fred Ward, Bianca Kajlich, Dilshad Vadsaria
Release Date: August 12, 2011
Director Ruben Fleischer has a variety of unorthodox ways to evoke action, rampage, and chaos. After only two feature-length films (first being Zombieland) we can see that his forte may already be established and that his vision has become distorted by things that go boom. Innumerable are his whacked out and distinct ideas that somehow and some way get made into a film that either succeeds or misses the mark somewhat. Refer to Zombieland, in which that film sufficiently mapped out and exhibited more than a dozen extravagant ways to execute an approaching zombie.
His approach to 30 Minutes or Less is even more chaotic yet less coherent and blatantly contrived. The lack of regard for more details that he displays here (this deficiency can be attributed to the 83–minute run time) may represent his inability to structure a fully believable tale that consists of mindless individuals in incomparable circumstances.