Tuesday, August 16, 2011

"Faces in The Crowd"

Hat-tip: io9

Wow, when was the last time someone put one of these things in theaters? The Law&Order/CSI/NCIS/CriminalMinds/etc TV world has pretty much gobbled up the entire "Here's an otherwise formula thriller built around this random obscure condition/persausion the writer just read about" genre of pitches, so it's kind of amazing to see Milla Jovovich - THE great B-movie starlet of our time - in "Faces in The Crowd;" as a woman whose stature as the only surviving witness able to identify a serial killer is imperiled by being struck with prosopagnosia or "face-blindness," meaning that her brain is incapable of recalling people by their faces.

7 comments:

QSKSw said...

This looks pretty cool.

Sylocat said...

Is there going to be a twist where the killer is played by two different actors, to "simulate" her condition?

KingOfDoma said...

Why do I get the feeling Michael Shanks' big screen debut is going to be squandered because you'll never see his face twice? There is something wrong with the world when outside of RDA and Robert Carlyle, the most well-known Stargate actor is JASON MOMOA.

Lee Kalba said...

Actually, there's celebrated portrait artist with this condition. He brakes up faces into shapes and that's why he's able to do such exact likenesses. He did the official Clinton portrait. I forget his name, though.

Atomic Skull said...

The first thing you need to understand about this is that to your brain a face isn't like any other object. There is a part of your brain specifically dedicated to recognizing the difference between faces.

In around 10% of the population, this part of the brain doesn't work right to some degree. Usually it just manifests as difficulty recognizing faces, not the Hollywood version where you can't recognize the difference between faces at all. (that does exist but it's rare) And even the severe cases can learn to recognize faces the way you would learn to see the difference between two rocks.

1 in 10 people reading this blog right now have it and simply believe "I'm just not good with faces".

Lee Kalba said...

We actually turn faces into a sort of cartoon version of faces, which is why it is easier to recognize a caricature than a more accurate line drawing.
At least according to the documentary I saw.

Christian said...

Can anyone else not hear/read about prosopagnosia without thinking of 999?

...Or am I the only one who's played that game?