It’s the Battle of the Franchise Superstars when X-Men’s Nicholas Hoult and Twilight’s Kristen Stewart — both stretching to play physically perfect specimens — take turns commandeering soft-edged closeups in this dystopian dud. Director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy) has no idea how to establish an everyday universe, let alone create a stylistically sound future. Windows take up half a wall of a workplace, yet in spite of the abundance of sunlight pouring through, characters operate in muted shadow. Salary demands being what they are, the producers couldn’t afford all three primary colors, so they settled on casting a Smurfy blue pall over their equally dolorous cast. A depthless subplot touching on a debilitating disease called S.O.S. (would you believe an acronym for Switched on Syndrome?) plays like an extended Cialis infomercial. The DVD box should warn prospective buyers that its contents could cause drowsiness. (2016) — Scott Marks
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