Sublimate is the inspired story of Roger Armstrong, a drug addled techno producers who has dreamed of success his entire life, and is always striving for the best with his music. While being filmed for a documentary, Roger and alcoholic best mate John develop a machine that removes human consciousness from the body. They go to daring and terrifying new heights, as power gets the better of Roger in this darkly comic and insanely interesting film.
As for the writing, that’s also pretty solid. Admittedly, a lot of the jokes don’t hit, but it’s easy to forgive as there’s clearly effort put into them. There’s no cheap or lazy gags thrown into this film; every joke feels natural (Which also contributes to the effectiveness of the documentary format) and the deliveries are perfect. The film goes to really interesting places that deserve so much praise for it’s originality, The performances are great as well; Roger Armstrong is playing himself. Whether the real Roger Armstrong is actually a drug addicted musician who breaks the boundaries of science, I have no clue, but I could totally believe that he is. He sinks into the role perfectly, as does John Hickman as his best friend, and Alastair Cummings as the filmmaker forced to capture these horrific events.
Questionable watchability aside, Sublimate is an intriguing and brilliantly executed little Sci-Fi film that definitely deserves attention. So many great decisions made, and a lot of care put into it, that prove that Roger Armstrong is an up and coming filmmaker to keep your eye on.