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For those of you who have been long-time followers of Cinematicshadows, you will know that in the last few years, I have been sharing my thoughts on movies and movie making through my movie reviews. It is my passion to write about movies and to be a part of the movie industry. I have always looked up to and enjoyed the work of those who are the best in their field. I am in awe of them as they take a passion for movies and turn it into something that can be shared with the whole world. I know that our generation is not willing to take risks and this is what I believe makes the movie industry the way it is.
Next character in line from Sweet Tooth is another one of the good guys, albeit he starts off as a pretty bad one: Doctor Singh, portrayed by Adeel Akhtar. In the trailer, we see Singh as he witnesses the birth of the first Hybrids, but we don’t know much about his role yet. His full name is Aditya Singh, a bit different from his comicbook counterpart who, as revealed only recently in Sweet Tooth: The Return, is named Dev Jeet Singh. Apart from this, it’s quite premature to speak of any meaningful difference between the two versions of the character, so let’s just take our usual look at the original Dev Jeet Singh.
Born somewhere in India, Dev Jeet Singh studied medicine in the country’s finest schools, and became a skilled physician. Once graduated, he married a woman and had a son with her: it was to ensure his son a better future than the one he would have found in India that he decided to emigrate in the United States of America, bringing his entire family along. Things weren’t as easy as he had imagined, though, as in America his medical degree wasn’t recognized, and thus he wasn’t allowed to work in his field of expertise. This state of things, however, didn’t last long, as those were the first days of the Affliction, or the Sick, a plague that would have wiped out most of the world’s population in a matter of months. Suddenly, despite his “invalid” degree, Singh was considered an extremely valuable individual, one of the few who, after the crumble of civilization that the Sick brought along, could actually research the mysterious virus and try and synthesize a cure. Not even Singh went through the Sick unscathed, as the illness killed both his wife and son… but this personal tragedy only prompted him to commit himself to find a cure, whatever the cost. This kind of determination was noticed by the right people (or the wrong ones, depending on the point of view): namely Captain Abbott, from the Militia, a paramilitary group that contained every last soldier, politician, scientist, remnant of the old institutions in it. Abbott recognized, and most of all needed, Singh’s talent and expertise, and took him along, granting him his own lab in his base, the Preserve. Here, Singh was invited to study the Hybrids, the incredible half-human half-animal kids who had been born after the Sick started. Singh believed the Hybrids to be a weird byproduct of the Sick, officially named H5-G9, but the fact that they were immune, hinted that they could also be a source for a cure.
Specimens of H5-G9 were quite easy to find, but Hybrids were quite rare, everything considered, so Abbott started abducting every one he found outside the base, and even pregnant women, so that they could give birth to their children, always other Hybrids, directly in Singh’s lab, where he could continue his research. The methods Singh used weren’t exactly human rights-friendly: most of the time, his tests ended up killing the babies, sometimes even the mothers, and many of the grown-up Hybrids he simply vivisected, looking for something that explained their immunity to the virus, and a way to synthesize it. Singh spent years like this, swallowing his conscience and murdering women, kids and babies, knowing that all those atrocities were justified in the name of the survival of mankind… or at least hoping they were. In the meanwhile, Abbott was becoming quite restless with his lack of progresses, and threatened to shut his lab down. Singh didn’t know what to do next… until a new Hybrid arrived in his lab, one who claimed to be nine years old, two years older than the Sick. At first, Singh believed that the Hybrid, Gus, was simply confused: if the Hybrids were a consequence of the virus, he couldn’t possibly be older than the plague. As he examined him for the first time, though, he noticed something that convinced him to be at a turning point: Gus had no bellybutton, he had not been born, not in any natural way, at least. Eager to know more about him, Singh spent hours speaking with the boy, investigating his past. When he finally hypnotized him to learn more about his early years, he managed to track the boy’s original home in a national park in Nebraska, and convinced Abbott to accompany him there, as he believed that Gus’ “father”, Richard, was the one behind the boy’s creation, and possibly behind the Affliction. What he found in the shack was different than what he imagined: not the diaries of a scientist, but the sacred texts of a prophet. As he started reading them, he realized that maybe truth didn’t lie in the calculating reason he had been following all his life, but rather in faith…
Doctor Dev Jeet Singh is a brilliant man, a capable scientist and an improvised yet skilled researcher, but in the last years he’s been driven by fear only, fear of death, fear of the Affliction. As one of the last trained physicians around, he’s an expert in several fields of medicine, and he’s educated himself in genetics, biology, biochemistry and biotechnology as well; he’s also a skilled hypnotist, with expertise in psychology and psychiatry. It took an apocalypse to Singh, a genius who devoted his life to science, to see the world in a wider scope, and to embrace faith and spirituality as a way to look at reality: he is now a man driven by faith, invested with a holy mission, not a scientist anymore, but the prophet of an age to come
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