"Can a movie be fascinating and boring at the same time?"
It’s bizarre little movies like "Teknolust" that show what a movie freak is made of. It’s a wholly bizarre science-fiction drama that features a fantastic performance from Tilda Swinton (four, actually) that’s colorful and challenging…and also a bit confusing and vague.Swinton plays bio-geneticist Rosetta Stone, a woman who’s brilliance is matched only by her social ineptitude. Rosetta has, against her company’s direct orders and using her own DNA, created three “Self-Replicating Automatons” that she keeps at home in her microwave. The trio of clones, named Ruby, Olive and Marine, represent three distinct aspects of Rosetta’s personality. Needless to say the slutty one (Ruby) manages to enter the Real World and get into some sex-related trouble.
It seems that Rosetta’s experimentations have indirectly led to a new form of socially transmitted disease. The men who’ve experienced Ruby’s distinct “talents” have come down with a bad case of perpetual erectile disfunction. Plus they all start growing bar codes on their heads. Things get nuttier before it’s all over, with FBI agents getting involved and the appearance of Karen Black as a corporate spy called Dirty Dick.
In fact, there’s so much going on in Teknolust that it makes one wonder how the 80-some minute flick manages to become so lethargic and outright dull from time to time. Swinton does everything she can to keep the proceedings lively (it’s not often one gets to see an actor playing a character and three clones at the same time) and Ms. Black earns some camp value by her presence alone, but there are intermittent lags in Teknolust that feel like not much more than big bouts of technobabble.Writer/director Lynn Hershman-Leeson clearly has a masterful eye for color and style, as "Teknolust" looks great for a low-budget film captured on HD-Video. Given a larger budget (and a few extra whacks at script revisions) one suspects this director could move on to bigger and better projects. As for this one, it’s a collection of brilliantly fascinating concepts and sights, housed in a vehicle with some clear acceleration deficiencies