Anon is a 2018 British science fiction thriller directed and written by Andrew Niccol and financed by Sky Cinema Original Films. Anon follows a troubled detective in a futuristic world where privacy and anonymity no longer exist. A woman is discovered that has defied the governmental transparency system, which is now the focus of this detective. This movie gives a whole new meaning to the term “Big Hal is watching” but could easily become reality in the near future.
In a modern world where advanced biosyn implants mean everyone is subjected to a relentless visual stream of information they call the “Mind’s Eye”, privacy and anonymity as we know them have vanished. Everyone’s personal information is on public display and each person’s life is recorded down to the millisecond to a vast grid called “The Ether”, a database which law enforcement can access and use to prosecute criminals. This means no one has any secrets. Any and everyone can access your information, which is the opposite of HIPAA. It seems that the government has done an about face on privacy.
Sal Frieland (Clive Owen) is faced with a series of shocking murders which appear to be linked. The police find themselves unable to identify the killer or killers. It soon becomes apparent that what the murders have in common signals a major breakdown in the system on which society has come to rely upon. As he delves into the case, Sal encounters a woman (Amanda Seyfried) who seems to have no identity. Something he initially assumes is a minor glitch becomes the first clue that security of the “Mind’s Eye” has been compromised, sending Sal into a mission where he acts as bait to trap someone who effectively does not exist before they kill again.
Going forward, Sal is tasked with a highly technical mission trying to catch this young lady and stop her reign of murder. It was fun watching this mystery unravel. It’s an eerie feeling knowing that chips are already implanted into selected people that holds all of their medical history. That means, we certainly have the ability to make a movie like this real. None the less, I enjoyed Anon which is currently streaming on Netflix and not a series. I recommend Anon to science buffs and those who are interested in SiFi films. There are parts of the movie that are no easy to follow. Check it out!