I enjoyed this film with all its quirkiness and humor and that it is based off an actual mystery, as well..sort of. However, it appears I have three questions keeping this film’s score nervously floating from three to four and back again.
Gwen, the “reluctant to assist you” librarian AKA “the librarian skeptical of a man’s motive in bringing a young girl to the library”, was not the friendliest librarian I’ve met. I let this slide when I realized no ‘sushing’ would be involved. Aside from her closely monitoring Connor’s activities to make certain he wasn’t “a perv on a mission” when he sat down at the terminal, we later find that she is a NSA agent.
An NSA agent planted at this random library was pure genius! Now, to clarify, I realize this is a movie and that creative license abounds aplenty (wha?) yet in this instance, I commend the writer's and the NSA for their forethought. By positioning her in a library with the hopes that someone would short out their MoBo, try to use the neighbors, get pepper sprayed, sent packing and then show up at the very same library as she, was pure genius. This book-welding librarian’s sole mission was to locate the one man attempting to solve the Cicada mystery, insult him, pester him and position herself between him and his lifelong bestie. Mind boggling at the least.
Yes, more confusion abounds. Was the ever-so-slightly blurry portion of the film a dream sequence? You know, the part where he’s walking towards his apartment and we find a gaggle of lookie-loos clogging the hallway? We see two EMT’s attempting to maneuver around and through them with a gurney topped with a sheet shrouded figure? There is a woman in tears moving alongside the gurney and it’s difficult to tell if it was Sophia’s Mom since during the earlier scene, I was much more focused on the pepper spray. Fortunately, it had only made his eyelids red and a few quick wipes and they were okay, but I digress. Just who or what was under that sheet I asked myself. Or you, now. After a highly analytical pause, I settled on the family pet. There was a cat, right? People and their pets [sigh]. I will wager that cat was trying to use someone’s computer.
Now, for my last bit of confusion begging clarification. If this Cicada Mystery is geared towards locating highly intelligent persons and once this rare commodity called intelligence is confirmed, you’re invited to a masquerade gala being held in London, this time. Oh, just putting this out there but I will wager Gwen befuddled Avi into paying for their entire trip and then to show her appreciation gave him that near ideal costume. She is an agent. Just saying. I am not sure what they were hoping to find other than Philip Dubois, but honestly, how much intelligence does it take to attend a sex party? In closing and using my best hoity-toity Londoner dialect to wrap this up garbled mess, I say ‘this is a contradiction in terms”. Thinking further upon it, I suppose the Church Lady would have said it just as nicely.