I Watched “Latency” And Now I Cannot Sleep

In case you missed it, the sci-fi thriller Latency will be in select theaters June 14. I got my hands on an early screener and made the horrible mistake of watching it on a night when I was home alone.

i watched “latency” and now i cannot sleep

It was late. I was spooked. I’ve now been awake for three weeks. Lionsgate

Let me tell you some of what happens, but without spoilers because you should see it for yourself. The film stars Sasha Luss as Hana, a “has been” pro gamer with acute agoraphobia

i watched “latency” and now i cannot sleep

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Hana "escapes" the confines of her apartment by playing lots of video games, including virtual reality ones.

i watched “latency” and now i cannot sleep

This, of course, will not end well. Lionsgate

Hana’s best friend and enduring support figure, Jen (played by Alexis Ren) is the only other person we properly meet.

i watched “latency” and now i cannot sleep

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Side note: the film is being released by Lionsgate, who also did Fall, a film that caused me to drop my popcorn on the floor in fright. I’m telling you because even though they are so different, there are some eerie similarities between the two movies.

i watched “latency” and now i cannot sleep

You’ll know when you see it. Lionsgate

In Latency, Hana gets her hands on a new, unreleased technology called OMNIA. It’s some kind of electro-encephalography device that uses neuro imaging to read her thoughts before she’s even aware of them, and it can tap into every device in her home.

i watched “latency” and now i cannot sleep

As a video game controller it reduces her reaction time to zero. So, Hana is of course very excited about this...

i watched “latency” and now i cannot sleep

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...but Jen is already worried and so am I.

i watched “latency” and now i cannot sleep

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Unfortunately, the device starts intruding on Hana's actual thoughts in a variety of terrifying ways.

i watched “latency” and now i cannot sleep

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Without giving too much away, the line between Hana’s reality and imagination starts to blur as a parade of horrors pass through Hana’s apartment, eventually forcing her out of it.

i watched “latency” and now i cannot sleep

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There are twists right up until the final moment, and to be honest I’m still not sure whether what happened at the end of the movie was real or if the OMNIA sucked me into Hana’s brain.

But here’s the thing - it’s not just a movie. This kind of technology is closer to reality than many of us realize. Which means the line between reality and potentially horrifying fiction is about to get way blurrier.

i watched “latency” and now i cannot sleep

Add AI to the mix and lord, we’re in for a ride. Lionsgate

So now you understand why I can’t sleep. Latency has given me a lot to think about. You can watch the film in select theaters starting June 14. Check out the trailer here:

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