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Both actors had well written characters to play with, both had the chops to execute them and better yet both shared an engrossing onscreen chemistry that kept my retinas glued to them, hanging on their every word. There's nothing like watching two solid "thespians" (yup, my pretentious alarm just rang off on that word) Ping Pong together acting wise, specially when their spitting out tight dialogue. The story itself started out with some promise; visceral experiments, wince inducing results and the dissection of the question; "What is it that makes us alive?". They had me by the couillons! I also felt so much empathy for the "put through the emotional/psychological ringer" Adam and that upped my involvement in the flick even further. All that was needed were a couple of heart stopping plot turns to take us into new and bolder directions and I would've been locked stocked and smoking barrels...and there was the rub.
Although the plot turns with potential were in the house, the film never ran with them far enough to kick that ass hardcore. For example, the "sparks" laced courtship between Adam and Kate (played by the charming Courtney Mace) that was established in the beginning was never capitalized upon and that was a low down dirty shame. Their one scene together was incredibly sweet due to the solid writing and acting on display and I was so hoping they'd go back to it; they never did. Why establish it then? MADDENING! Instead the film decided to repeat itself in terms of the evolution of the experiment. Sure they're were variations but at the heart of it, I was still gawking at the same damn thing over and over again. Yup, it got redundant after a while and that hurt the pacing of the piece as well.
By the time the emotionally filled finale kicked in with a clever twist in its back-pack at that, the film had somewhat let me down. It could've been SO MUCH more! With that injected into your veins, SUBJECT TWO was still far from a waste of time. You can feel the effort put into it by the talent involved; it oozed out of the screen and that in itself was gripping. Tag to that a jaw dropping setting and able visuals and you get a film that's worth checking out but yet should've gone so much further with all that it set up. Will you partake in this experiment?