The film has Wilson playing a recently-divorced father whose world is turned upside down when an enchanting woman (Hayek) unveils that he has been living in a simulation. As the trailer shows, she has crafted “brain-bot simulation” to craft ugly and harsh worlds in order to “generate appreciation for the real world,” which is beautiful. Of course, he slowly begins to realise that she may not be telling him everything, and deciphering what is real and where his priorities should lie increasingly difficult.
Count me highly intrigued with this one, primarily because it’s both written and directed by Mike Cahill, who’s previously crafted two high-concept, but dramatically grounded dramas with sci-fi elements: Another Earth (2011) and I Origins (2014). Check them out, if you haven’t.
Bliss, also starring Madeline Zima, Nesta Cooper, DeRon Horton, Jorge Lendeborg Jr. and Joshua Leonard, will be streaming on Amazon Prime from February 5th.
Official synopsis for Bliss:
‘Bliss’ is a mind-bending love story that follows recently divorced Greg whose life is falling apart meets the enchanting Isabel, a woman who lives on the streets and is convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is not real. She believes they are living in an ugly, harsh world simulation inside of the beautiful, peaceful “real” world of bliss. Doubtful at first, Greg eventually discovers there may be some truth to Isabel’s wild conspiracy theory.