Sleep Dealer
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In a bleak future where the borders have been sealed, vast computer networks commodify memories, and corporate warriors have been militarized, a tech-savvy "campesino" from a small Santa Ana farm village discovers a mysterious transmission that seems to be a blueprint for the city of the future. Memo Cruz lives with his family in Santa Ana del Rio, a remote farming community that has recently been hijacked by a private company. Having already taken control of the entire area's water supply, the company is now seeking to sell the precious resource back to citizens at criminal… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sleep Dealer is flawed, but still vibrant and inventive. Whether he finds larger budgets or keeps doing movie like this, Rivera is definitely a filmmaker to follow."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, Houston Chronicle
"The combination of rusty amateurism, future technology, and clear-and-present politics creates a trippy time-space kick: This dusty little movie feels like yesterday, today, and tomorrow."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"what you'll be left with after seeing Sleep Dealer is not a collection of cool scenes so much as a collection of compelling questions about where our world is headed"
‑ David Thomas,
"Sleep Dealer is reminiscent of a Philip K. Dick dystopia that might actually read better than it looks here, with average acting, slightly incoherent plotting and cheap special effects."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"Occasionally shaky effects are the biggest drawback in a mostly smart sci-fi cautionary tale."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, E! Online
"Alex Rivera's overstuffed but intriguing feature debut, Sleep Dealer, takes a speculative leap into Tijuana's near future, imagining the next evolution of cheap labor."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Adventurous, ambitious and ingeniously futuristic, Sleep Dealer is a welcome surprise."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Made on the cheap compared to Hollywood flicks, this thrillingly original and heartfelt Mexican film is a truly human story about the impact of technology on individuals and on society."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"I'm glad to have science fiction back in the forefront in 2009 but that doesn't mean they're all going to work. Consider Sleep Dealer a near-miss."
‑ Brian Tallerico, Movie Retriever
"A jumbled vision ... too many predictable lines like, 'Sometimes you control the machine, and sometimes the machine controls you.'"
‑ Matt Pais,
"Clearly, Rivera knows one of the great gifts of the sci-fi genre. An uncanny world invites new ways of seeing. It offers new chances to ask the hard -- and too often, hardened -- questions."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Sleep Dealer is an unusually thoughtful science fiction film, using the speculative energy of the genre to explore some troubling and complex contemporary issues."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"This Sundance hit takes the "jacking in" premise we've seen in everything from Neuromancer to eXistenZ and looks at it from the point of view of third world migrant workers."
‑ Jordan Hoffman, UGO
"Writer-director Alex Rivera crafts a smart, lean and engaging science fiction opus that proves you only need a little money if you have a lot of ideas."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, Sci Fi Wire
"This inventive indie sci-fi movie has plenty of big ideas to make up for its small budget."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
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