Amazon Goes Big as Mike Cahill’s “Bliss” Gets Trippy First Trailer

Over the last year, streaming services have excelled. In large part a response to the global health crisis, high caliber films have bypassed theaters for mass consumption on the small screen.

Enter Bliss, visionary director Mike Cahill's newest film. A large, out of this world concept, backed by two Hollywood juggernauts in Owen Wilson and Selma Hayek, the film is the prime example of a production meant for theaters that will, instead, debut on a streaming service - in this case, Amazon Prime.

Though Amazon Studios has been on board since the beginning, it's hard to fathom a film of this magnitude not getting the theatrical treatment outside of the current climate. While I'm learning to deal, the newly released trailer makes me yearn for things on a larger scale.

Wilson plays Greg, a recently divorced father whose life is quickly falling apart. One day he meets Isabel (Hayek), a woman living on the streets who is convinced that everything around them is a computer simulation, tricking the mind into building an appreciation for the real world. Greg is doubtful at first but slowly begins to see the possibilities and open himself to the speculation that Isabel's theories could be true.

Part science fiction, part mind-bending love story, Bliss undoubtedly looks visually impressive. Hopefully, the story is of equal quality. We'll all find out when the film debuts globally on February 5.


About Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.