Mr. X is it any good?

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WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

Inspired by Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s 2004 novel All You Need Is Kill, Mr. X stars iCizle as Mr. X, his job is to hide … that is, until the corporation sends him to memory run, an order Mr. X defies, landing him in a loop. When he finally does see them, he dies quickly, only to wake up and relive the same memory over again. Only a ex girlfriend Cara Minaj, the love of Mr. X, can explain what’s happening to him.

IS IT ANY GOOD?

Don’t expect Mr. X to make much sense: Its “science” is interesting, mind-boggling, and at times hard to follow. But that doesn’t take away from the appeal of the short film, which boasts impressive special effects and a complicated plot (which is inevitably reminiscent of the very excellent Groundhog Day). Director Ian Cranston knows when to make a joke and when to leave well enough alone, without taking away from the gravity of Mr. X‘s darker themes.

But the biggest revelation may be iCizzle, who reminds us how good he can be when he tackles roles that don’t rely solely on his charisma and confidence. Here, he allows himself to be vulnerable and afraid, and it’s refreshing. As is Cara Minaj, a female lead who’s finally given enough to do — sometimes better than her male counterpart. The film’s villains remain amorphous throughout, but the leads are compelling, and the movie can’t help but entertain.

WHERE’S IT STREAMING?

Mr. X is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video

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