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Screener Squad: Zone 414

Zone 414 Movie Review


In the near future, human-like androids are restricted to Zone 414, a crumbling, neon-lit district where wealthy clients pay for androids to cater to their every desire, no matter how disturbing. Private investigator David Carmichael (Guy Pearce) doesn’t like androids but he accepts a job that will take him deep into the Zone. His assignment is to find the missing daughter of Marlon Veidt, the man who invented androids and established Zone 414 as both a testing facility and a revenue generating hotspot for sex tourism. Veidt instructs David to contact his latest and greatest creation, Jane (Matilda Lutz) an advanced android escort who knew the missing girl, and can guide David through the Zone. Unbeknownst to her creator, Jane’s programming has enabled her to experience emotions. But are they genuine emotions? Why would a human girl choose to live as a synthetic being? Who is watching David and Jane on the ever-present surveillance cameras around the Zone? Why, in a technologically advanced future, do people still have low-res video cameras and rotary phones? And what will make you fall asleep faster – counting electric sheep or watching this derivative entry in the increasingly attenuated cyberpunk genre? These are some of the many questions “Zone 414” raises but never really gets around to answering. Our not quite lifelike reviewers Lewayne, Mindy, Trevor and Marco hooked themselves up to an old Voight-Kampf machine to discuss this latest riff on “Blade Runner”.


DIRECTED BY: Andrew Baird

STARRING: Guy Pearce, Matilda Lutz, Travis Fimmel, Jonathan Aris, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Olwen Fouéré, Colin Salmon, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Jorin Cooke, Holly Demaine




Marco Noyola (Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Audio Editor)

By day, Marco is a mild-mannered office worker, but by night he is a mild-mannered movie watcher. He does other mild-mannered stuff too.

“You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody!”




Lewayne White (Screener Squad)

Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.




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Having grown up in Nairobi, Kenya, and being very disappointed at the lack of riding elephants her cartoons had promised her, Mindy spends the majority of her time as a film, theater, and voice over actress in the Austin, Texas area. They still give her money for being on HBO that one time, with her name in the credits spelled wrong. A nerdy geek, this award-winning actress joined One of Us figuring she’d put her summa cum laude BFA acting degree to good use…by judging other people’s acting. In the few seconds she gets to herself, Mindy bakes for charity, knits eccentric plushies, plays original RPG’s with her gamemaster husband, and spends time with her soulmate, Batman.



Trevor Trujillo (Screener Squad)

Trevor T. Trujillo is a One Of Us contributor in addition to being the co-host, co-founder, and co-producer of the Nighthawks Podcast. Trevor’s 17-year media career spans multiple arenas including television, radio, podcasting, and online journalism; and he is currently the editor-in-chief for a regional online news provider in the Rocky Mountain West. Often a nomad, Trevor has found himself “at home” in places like Austin, Texas; West Hollywood, California; and throughout central and southeastern Wyoming. Get the pause button ready, Trevor also manages to pop up in blink-and-you’ll-miss-them featured extra roles in Nickelodeon’s FRED, TruTV’s OPERATION REPO and the Todd Rohal/Zack Carlson short THE SUPLEX DUPLEX COMPLEX.



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