Nia (Kristen Stewart) and Silas (Nicholas Hoult) work together in a futuristic society known as the Collective. An ostensibly utopian world, the Collective has ended crime and violence by genetically eliminating all human emotions. Despite this, Nia and Silas develop a growing attraction that leads to an outlawed and ardent romance. As they realise their superiors' suspect what is happening, the couple must choose between going back to the safety of their lives or risking it all to try and pull off a heroic escape.
So, the film opens to a bunch of great looking people and some pretty fantastic Art Design. Everything is white, clothes, walls, furniture, buildings and well just about the whole place.
It's a dystopian future, you'll be surprised to hear, where people aren't allowed to touch, let alone kiss, or get married or have sex. And, it's obvious Silas and Nia fancy each other, so they arrange a tryst as an experiment but it's dangerous because fellow touchers tend to just disappear courtesy of the Collective.
So, Jonas (Guy Pearce) and Bess (Jackie Weaver) are part of a secret support group for touchers and Jonas offers their help to Silas and Nia. It was a nice surprise to find them in this film, even in minor roles.
What we discover is that Bess and Jonas as hiders, as is Nia, they can hide their emotions but some people can read them as emotional couplings.
Eventually, the inevitable happens and Silas and Nia have sex. It is a very emotional and downplayed tryst but the love scene is very endearing. If only Twilight had brought that out in Kristen as an actor as she is relaxed and happy. Which is the calm before the storm, of course. The Collective have a complete cure for SOS (Switched-on-Syndrome), which alarms Nia and Silas as it means they will remember how they feel about each other but won't be able to do anything about it.
Bess and Jonas want to help them escape to the Peninsular but people who've seen it from a distance say it's too primitive to live there.
And, Nia is pregnant. She is imprisoned and they won't tell her what will happen to her baby, it's very ominous and she feels totally helpless. But Bess comes to her rescue and helps her escape. Which leads Jonas and Bess to be cured of SOS.
It gets a bit Romeo and Juliet towards the end as Silas is cured and he thinks Nia is dead. He believes he will forget Nia but he doesn't, he sticks by her but he just can't feel the love anymore. Or, can he?
There is a very poignant moment at the end of the film where Silas reaches out to touch Nia, as if he is telling her he remembers.
The film made just over $2.08mil at the Worldwide Box Office.