THE CONTROL (2018) Sci-fi shocker blends the virtual with reality

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The Control is a 2018 Canadian science-fiction film about a computer-brain interface that blends the virtual and genuine reality together. With terrifying results…

Written, produced and directed by Eric Schiller and Michael Stasko, the Dot Film Company-Kickstand Entertainment production stars Kyle Archibald, Paul Daniel Ayotte and Sharon Belle.


A cutting-edge computer-brain interface is developed to keep hibernating colonizers safe and sane for their journey.

To send humanity to a distant galaxy, the mysterious CEO of The Fuller Corporation must develop a cutting-edge computer-brain interface to keep his hibernating colonizers safe and sane for a journey of unknown length.

Mike, a brilliant, single-minded programmer, and Eric, an unorthodox neurochemist, take on the challenge, eager to make their mark on history. However, as they collaborate on the most sophisticated virtual reality system ever conceived, their ambitions clash and they find themselves working on different approaches to the same program.

When Mike’s muse gets wind of their project, she secretly volunteers as a test subject for Eric and becomes trapped inside an unending program. When Mike tries to save her, he finds himself in a chess game of alternate worlds where reality can break apart and the normal rules don’t always apply.

Unsure what is real and what is virtual, Mike has to deconstruct the program from the inside in order to gain control and bring everyone back to reality…


“The budget is low while the concept is high. While it has a slow start, once those big ideas kick in, you’ll forgive its inexpensive origins and savor the big thinking. Or you’ll think it’s completely ridiculous claptrap. I belong to the former camp, but as I’ve known of films, your mileage may vary.” B&S About Movies


Freestyle Digital Media has released The Control on DVD and digital platforms in North America.

Filming locations:

Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Technical details:

94 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1


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