BLISS (2021) Reviews and overview of Amazon Original sci-fi drama

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‘Chase something real’

Bliss is a 2021 science-fiction romantic drama film about a dejected man that meets a homeless woman who leads him to question reality.

Written and directed by Mike Cahill (I Origins; Another Earth), the movie stars Owen Wilson, Salma Hayek, Nesta Cooper and Jorge Lendeborg Jr.


Having recently been divorced and then fired, Greg (Owen Wilson) meets a mysterious woman named Isabel (Salma Hayek) who is living on the streets and convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is just a computer simulation.

Doubtful at first, Greg eventually discovers there may be some truth to Isabel’s wild conspiracy. However, when their newfound ‘Bliss’ world begins to bleed into the ‘ugly’ world the pair must decide what’s real and where they truly belong…


” …it’s almost worth a watch alone just for the juxtaposition between the lifestyles of the dueling realities and how it affects the appearances of the stars. Unfortunately, Bliss just never comes across anything profound, the story fizzles out, and the ending is wholly predictable to a shocking degree.” Flickering Myth

“The whys and wherefores of Cahill’s two-universe narrative make no difference, as whatever storytelling and philosophical ambitions the writer-director had in mind are derailed by an assaultive, head-slapping whaaaaaat-was-he-thinking???? execution. Bliss’s characters are cartoons, its tone maddeningly uneven, and its world(s)-building nonexistent.” The Globe and the Mail

“For all the intellectual questions this puzzle-game of a film raises, it fails to engage on an emotional level. We never care about the relationship between Greg and Isabel in whatever world they’re in […] As with his previous films, Cahill attempts to add thriller elements to the mix, but the stakes feel so artificial that little suspense is generated.” The Hollywood Reporter

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Bliss will be available to stream on Amazon Prime from February 5th 2021.

Cast and characters:

Owen Wilson … Greg
Salma Hayek … Isabel Clemens
Nesta Cooper … Emily Wittle
Jorge Lendeborg Jr. … Arthur Wittle
Ronny Chieng … Kendo
Steve Zissis … Bjorn
Joshua Leonard … Cameron
Madeline Zima … Doris
Bill Nye … Chris
Slavoj Zizek … Slavoj Zizek
DeRon Horton … Liang
Eugene Young … Bartender
Dayne Catalano … Fast Food Clerk
Adam William Zastrow … Dougie
Lora Lee … Destiny

Filming locations:

Lopud and Split, Croatia
1030 N Columbia Ave Claremont, CA 91711
Los Angeles, California

Technical details:

Aspect Ratio: 2.39: 1


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