High Life (2018) - Adventure, Drama, Mystery

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A father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space where they live in isolation.

IMDB: 5.9
Director: Claire Denis
Stars: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche
Length: 113 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 140 out of 297 found boring (47.13%)

One-line Reviews (320)

It seems like a cruel mission in its inception, pointless and doomed from the start.

When I was watching it, I felt so boring and it almost made me fell asleep.

Lived boring life somewhere in space, ok reached that black hole and?

Robert Pattinson is meant to be the one redeemable presence in the film, but he is so stiff and bland it's hard to care about him.

"High Life" is one of those rare movies that has many positive elements - good story and screenplay, great and intense performances, visually appealing, and brilliant direction.

With stunning visuals from beginning to end, as well as excellent directing, the film holds a piercingly unsettling atmosphere throughout, furthered only by the disturbing nature of many of its themes.

Pointless drivel masquerading as high art .

Those critics are helping to sell this filth and got me to waste my hard earned money on purchasing this crap via online for like 15 bucks.

Intelligent , adult but dull Science Fiction film about a complex and hard plot set in deep space outside , at a solar system in which a group of criminals accepted a mission to become the subjects of a human reproduction experiment and specially starred by a stranger passenger whose sperm was used to inseminate the young woman who gave birth to her .

It is still highly slow and not very engaging.

Save yourself from 1 hour and 53 minutes of the worst movie you could imagine.

It´s a waste of time .

The primary cast all delivered in their respective roles: Pattinson effectively channeling the ex-criminal who seems to have found some sort of peace within his very bleak fate, Mia Goth is completely volatile and unpredictable while maintaining some charm within her mystery, Juliette Binoche was quite hypnotic while effectively slowly eating away at your psyche.

Boring, slow and somekind of acid trip.

After 25 minutes I was bored to death.

That's all that I got from a 100 minute boredom.

Despite some decent performances, especially from Pattinson, the languid pacing and limp dialog gives you no connection to the people whose dire situation requires empathy and compassion.

However I thought it was mostly just boring and stupid.

And of course a lot of unpleasant or boring sexual themes/scenes.

Otherwise people might get bored I assume!

A good non-linear structure adds additional layers of meaning, engaging the viewer to ponder how it all fits together, how the past informs the future and how the future reflects/echoes the past.

The movie which I thought about while watching this was 'Human, space, time and human' - these two are very similar, but the last is more boring.

Of course it's going to be "slow" - there's only so much you can do up there.

If you want to know how boredom feels translated into physical pain, go see this one.

Pointless .

I found this film to be badly acted, badly scripted, uber slow and going nowhere.

The premise was interesting but the pacing is all wrong, even if you can appreciate slow movies and the acting is not saving the bad writing and directing choices.

Pointless, boring, ugly, plotless, disjointed, improbable, devoid, silly, worst, waste.....

I was physically uncomfortable watching this movie, in that fidgety, squirmy way I'm uncomfortable when a movie is so tedious and boring that I'm struggling to pay attention.

However, the characters are, for the most part, pretty bland, with each one given too little to do to be able communicate any kind of personality.

The entire concept of a spaceship full of insane people is pointless and moronic.

Long periods of silence where nothing happens.

Please don't waste your time.

There is no story.

"High Life" is what you'd get if you asked some Tumblr addicted, pretentious teenage college students studying BTEC theatre studies to make an ensemble arthouse feature film with a production budget which could only afford to cover a trip to IKEA (ooohhh gel lights) & the graphics look like the visual effects artists from Interstellar have been bribed to recreate their animations under the promise they'd be gifted with a packet of hobnobs & a half chewed Polo mint.

The very simple and pointless story had a very open, lazy and unimaginative ending.

As for me, that fact has definitely not been enough evaluated in production, possibly because of small budget - the colors are too gray-like, frame is not wide enough, exterior is boring and exposition is not attracting.

*SPOILERS AHEAD * Soooo boring!

Besides the movie being boring...

Waste of 2 hours of my life.

no plot, no character development, no impressive production design - Nothing!

This is one of the worst movies EVER!

High Life is an artsy-fartsy black hole that will suck the life out of any moviegoer.

Unnatural writing and flat performances, taken alongside wholly absurd imagery, make the viewing experience uncomfortable (unless considered facetiously, in which case the movie becomes thoroughly entertaining).

While Denis's ponderous event film certainly does feature large portions of its rudiment focused on Robert Pattinson's Monte trying to take care of his space vessel and his young daughter Willow, High Life is most certainly not the film it may first appear to be thanks to Denis's wild vision that looks to tackle some of the big existential questions about life, love, procreation and survival under the guise of a cerebral science fiction experience.

A slow paced, disturbing and boring science-fiction drama.

The pacing though was a bit off and I found the film to be quite boring at times.

Overall though I really enjoyed it, although I can appreciate why someone wouldn't like.

Usually something really exciting happens then they do that.

Thought-provoking and slow-moving Sci-Fi movie set in the deep space , outside the solar system .

The acting is the strongest point but the set looks cheap, the story is strange and it's as pointless as the mission they are on.

I think better movie artist would express these ideas more entertaining way.

While the first 20 minutes or so set up an amazing cerebral experience, with a great performance from Pattinson, it quickly desolved into try-hard symbolism that is not just hitting you over the head, but also frustratingly hard to follow.

Slow moving and Unexciting .

When High Life started I saw a beautifully lit and shot movie, and when I saw Robert Pattison outside reaparing the ship while talking to his kid, I thought I was in for a fantastic slow building space drama.

The setting and basic idea are good, but the combination of an extremely slow pace, a plot with few defining events, and the ideas never coming together in a clear way made it an unenjoyable watching experience.

To call her pacing slow would be deceptive - it's congealed slow motion.

it might be the most boring movie of all time.

Meh if you like sci fi and can stand the slow burn, try it.

The most promising scene of High Life shows Pattinson throwing corpses from the inhabited spacecraft into empty black space.

Another hack, mistaking long, dull stretches of nothingness and shoving your face in miserableness as art.

A complete waste of time.

This is an ugly, boring, convoluted movie without a single milligram of charm.


Very slow, very weird, "artsy" and "intellectual" in the worst ways .

How could it be that boring when it's so bizarre?

I think I'd actually rather watch paint dry.

There are a bunch of uninteresting and/or annoying characters that hate each other and wouldn't survive in any situation for a long (or even short) period of time, so what's the point of sending them on a mission that lasts years?

Told in vaguely non-linear shreds of time, "High Life" begins with a series of plodding, quiet moments between a father and his infant daughter, before splintering into the past and future, exposing the sources of the characters' current situations by the means of their pasts.

With the exception of Juliette Binoche, a megawatt screen presence, completely compelling whenever she's there, pretty much everyone else is mediocre at best.

I would probably be bored in a lot of scenes if it was not for him.

A movie lover with the patience to understand that as you approach the speed of light, things slow down, become confusing, and relativity becomes a black hole to some.

All in all it was more boring than inspiring and I would not recommend it, especially not to sci-fi fans as the sci-fi elements here are not really used in any interesting way.

Intriguing film held back by disjointed structure .

The slow pace let you get a feel for the monotony of these characters experience, and for me, the moments our main character spends alone with his baby harken to the very real isolation new parents face, and the hyper focus on the daily tasks was lovely and humbling.

Pretentious..a good technique sometimes it's not enough..a wasted opportunity.

This film moved super slow making me want to watch to see if it had a plot twist ending.

I had to ffw somtimes on this one .. I cant remember seeing something this boring Some scenes that def.

Rough slow burn .

He also moves as if on earth, rather than with the slow movements of someone in a weightless environment.

A Deep Venture into Boredom .

What you will see is a bunch of random death that are not always explained in the proper way, and one of the worst, boring and disappointing ending of 2019.


What drives this movie, and saves it at times, is Pattinson's quietly intense performance.

This movie was so slow it was painful to watch, and you never got a payoff.

I will say this, had the most bizarre, disturbing, and pointless "self sex" scene I have seen in main stream film.

As we left the theater, my friend said, "When I go to a movie, I at least want to have a little fun.

Slow and strange and surreal .

As sci fi it fails, looks very cheap, almost cartoonishly so, and any psychological exploration is worthless considering how contrived the entire situation is.

It's an extreme slow burn with a low concept story that is exactly what common A24 viewers come to expect.

Do not watch it unless you like convoluted, pretentious nonsense!

High Life is raw, visceral, gripping and indelible.

I hate when movies slow down so much when nothing is happening.

It doesn't hurt to go and watch it, but it won't add up to much at all, for the experience will be just as pointless as the crew's mission.

What a waste of Pattinson's talent, truly pointless.

There is no story at all along with no ending.

A perfect waste of time.

I won't bother re-iterating what other people have said about the movie, the plot (or lack thereof) and the pointless one-dimensional characters.

This is one of the worst movies ever made.

If that's a big one it's pretty poorly developed as we see no development in their relationship, just her birth and then their final decision to enter the hole), and it's just very slow moving with no tension or intrigue.

On the whole, there's certainly a lot to say about High Life, and I am delighted to say that it's a bold, audacious modern take on slow cinema.

High Life is a slow moving science fiction film.

The pacing was ridiculously slow and anyone with A.

In short, I won't use the words captivating, fascinating and the film title in one and the same sentence.

A Waste of Time Sober .

There were a lot of intense, brooding, mysterious scenes...

goes maybe the worst movie I have seen in 20 years.

Live grotesque and unbearable theatrical piece.

This is one of the worst movies i have seen in my life.

This film is trying too hard to be 'deep and thoughtful' = boring and pretentious.

Cheap, pretentious flick with little substance.

It is just a sordid, boring, and uninteresting voyeuristic fever dream by a group of people with no talent and nothing to say.

The main actor is dull and mostly just mumbles.

The lousy excuse of constant acceleration to explain the gravity on the ship, only to announce that the ship has started to slow down without any loss of that artificial gravity.

This is quite possibly the worst movie I have ever seen.

Despite this film harbouring the potential to have been something great, it wastes that potential due to it's painfully slow pace, aimless plot and dull characters, who are given nothing to do throughout the film.

I was sucked into this pretentious, pointless bilge by the high Metacritic rating.

A slow burn that is bizarre and brilliant!

The story is confusing and the slang for non-Americans hard to understand.

You don´t enjoy it throughout (it´s slow, full of hard to watch moments and boring) and you keep watching to see what happens at the end but nothing happens at the end.

A mix of everything you've already seen, with no message or meaning whatsoever.

The cast is composed by really famous actors such as Juliette Binoche, Robert Pattinson and Mia Goth, but they are not able to deliver a convincing performance, I could not bound with any of the character and even if the movie has just a normal length (2 hours), I could not watch it at once, because it was so boring that I needed to press pause and do something else because I was actually falling asleep.

Who can make a movie when there is no script.

But I found is an intriguing, unusual and origianl "space movie" that kept my attention from start to finish (ah, yes, that ending...

I have enjoyed all the previous films that I've seen by this director so this tedious shambles was rather surprising.


Slow, no plot, and ending was the worst.

and then the audience is redirected for 80-90 minutes through a confusing, somber, and slightly sickening display of base instincts unfettered by logical thought or fear of consequences.

Even for a pretentious theatrical representation one would expect better acting.

A lot of people complain that the film is "too slow" or "nothing happens".

This was a huge waste of time.

Joined by supports that includes Andrew Benjamin, Mia Goth and a very game Juliette Binoche, High Life is a downright odd and confusing affair that includes a room with a very adult orientated toy, shocking acts of violence and an occasional splash of visual brilliance as Pattinson (whose post Twilight career continues to surprise) holds his head above water and anchors the film around him in what is an times intriguing film that's too cold and bizarre for its own good.

It's intriguing and interesting at times, and tiresome and boring at others.

No plot, no sense of how space works, no characters, no logic.

Super slow and boring.

The casting was a waste of talent, and I'd avoid this film on their resume, as their bland and pointless characters were far from artistic - or even necessary.

Even an old and decidedly silly film like "Dark Star" handles the theme of dangerous ennui and boredom in a lowfi space setting much better.

Don't waste your time.

Ignore all the negative reviews for those claiming it is just too artsy.

Boring and far-fetched .

While there are some haunting visuals of outer space travel, the film is very slow going.

The sad thing was that I was hearing mostly negative things about the film and how boring and pretentious it was.

The movie works only as a metaphor of the universe: empty and meaningless.

If you think you have a "worst movie ever" in your list, give this one a chance; you'll be surprised!

Given the film's innovative storyline - a group of criminals are sent on a suicide mission into deep space - and the undeniable talent of lead man Robert Pattinson, all the pieces were in place to create an intriguing character study, exploring the mental strains such a hopeless fate could have on people.

Pointless plot.

This is what I got from the film and High Life nailed at being an open film with various interprations and intriguing themes.

Pretentious garbage .

A fascinating slow pacing movie with an intriguing storyline that that slowly dissolves - what happened on board of the ship, why have people died, what is the purpose of the mission?

As a result, while I was taken aback by the visuals, atmosphere and striking likeness to Solaris, I really found myself struggling to engage with the film's major themes through the opening two acts, with the story taking too many liberties with its more provocative and arthouse-style ideas early on, and giving little focus to developing those main dramatic themes in a more engrossing manner.

Boring and pointless .

It is the most confusing creepy psychopathic film with no subtantince at all.

"High Life" (2019) was very tedious and boring movie.

A nasty and confusing Sci-Fi experience .

An often nasty, irksome and sometimes daring feature, High Life is a unique ride that fails to justify its confusing and hard to understand motivations.

Nevertheless, High Life is a fascinating film that fits right into Denis's oeuvre.

The movie is weird and confusing with a terrible ending.

How they all got there is an intriguing beginning to the mystery.

It's bloody boring and up its own arse like the director.

Juliet, just stunning, never see her like that.

What a waste of time, not worth watching.

However, as intriguing as that may sound, it's a deceptive overview.

Robert Pattinson (Twilight fame) delivers an Oscar nod worthy performance & is so instrumental in making this movie as intriguing and interesting as it is.

The film's highlight comes in the form of an intense scene depicting an attempted rape, which proves to be disturbing and harrowing to watch.

boring, boring, boring....

Unfortunately, it also had a sleep-inducing effect on me.

Absolute waste of time .

Robert Pattinson (Twilight fame) delivers an Oscar nod worthy performance & is so instrumental in making this movie as intriguing and interesting as it is.

Waste of time.

No need to watch this film , boring , long and I was let down

However, in slow cinema, an atmospherically striking movie isn't enough, and while High Life does more than enough to intrigue in its first ten minutes, that eeriness feels like it's all style over substance as the first two acts unfold, a problem worsened by the film's gratuitous and unnecessarily graphic use of sex and violence through the first half.

It is a slow human drama, and if you have the patience it more than pays off.

Tedious and boring .

Not very provocative, dull and a very thin plot.

But then, he seemed to go off the right path and signed on two horrible movies, this godawful "High Life" and the weirdest pointless "Damsel".

My friend fell asleep and I played Backgammon on the computer .

The characters are 2 dimensional, boring and feel like NPC's, most things shown were utterly pointless.

The film's non-linear story drones on and on before we realize that the ship's crew are prisoners on a death mission to help Earth from a problematic black hole.

When translates into a boring film.

because i fast forwarded over the baby scenes and the scenes where absolutely nothing happens, i got it does to about 20 mins but still found the story pointless and boring.

It was breathtakingly awful, with no plot or character development to speak of.

Worth the watch

There is no plot line to speak of particularly, the characters are boring and seem to have no presence or direction and I couldn't care less what happened to them twenty minutes into the film.

Don't waste your time.

"High Life" is a total bore.

Now, slow cinema is always one of the most interesting genres out there, because it requires the very best in directing, acting, screenwriting and everything else to keep you engrossed at every moment.

Don't waste your time.

Everything is inside, in a grey, boring motif.

Add to the fact that despite this, the film is still slow moving with a lot of unnecessary time taken to establish a scene.

This is the type of film, with no clear plot And it is your typical "artsy mega-fart" story telling "where it is up to the viewer" blah production, told in excruciatingly slow pace.

This was a severely failed attempt of a pretentious experiment in shock and horror cinema for the wannabe artsy-fartsy crowd.

They are not movies for a mainstream audience, they are usually slow pacing, but with an interesting story and unexpected plot twists.

Directing was pretty poor because at the running time 1 h 42 min this movie dragged beyond beliefs - i managed to watch the entire thing in like 6 or 7 times - it is that poor.

Don't waste your time as it's not worth it even when free.

Total pretentious rubbish .

To portray the script as disjointed would be equally misleading - it's turgid gobbledygook.

Boring, makes no sense.

Extremely boring and wasted 106 minutes of my life.

This movie failed to capture me as it slowly dragged along.

Visually breathtaking and stunning cinematography.

Claire Denis' High Life, depicting death-row inmates on a miserable eight-year black-hole mission to harvest its rotational energy for a hungry earth, is a painfully slow dance with eroticism at its most basic.

Most likely out of boredom.

"High Life" is raw, authentic, darkly haunting, full of mystery, and intense performances .

I think it is a bit too long and even though I normally like slow-burn type films, this one is too slow.

Pointless .

The movie is boring and so pretentious you ask yourself how it got distributed.

The original Solaris is a great example of how slow cinema can work really well, and can also be really boring.

But it's still boring.

Someone would probably have to explain to me the plot of it or maybe the intent of the plot is exactly the result I got from it, confusion.

Boring & OH SO SLOW.

I'm a sci-fi fan but even the dialogue in this movie was uninteresting.

I'm getting bored.

Fascinating Concept - Slow, Boring Execution .

This movie just kept me a little interested thinking ok something is bound to happen something anything and then you realize the movie is over with no plot no character development or any purpose to the movie and to make things even worse the ending to this movie is worse than the entire movie as once again nothing happened leaving you scratching your head going wtf did I just watch and waste my time on.

This was a painfully slow boring movie that didn't make a great deal of sense.

After a hour of muting and severe boredom, I finally turned it off!

Save your money and watch grass grow for an hour and a half.

As for the cast, it's a mixed bag, from the solid (Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche), to the intriguing (Mia Goth), and to the wooden (Jessie Ross, who is teenage Willow).

Waste of time .

Its was a horrible movie, no storyline, flat acting, boring from the beginning until the end, no meaning at all, it's actually the worst movie I have seen lately, don't waste your time watching it!

Stunning, provocative masterpiece .

Where did this old lady get the money to create this filthy, poorly written, badly executed, tedious and annoying film?

A bit like this spaceship that moved on steadily deep into infinite and empty outer space.

Especially the middle of the film feels very slow and the story seems a bit stagnant.

One of the worst movies I think I have ever seen.

Quite boring .


Horrific waste of time.

It's raw and gripping, you stay all the time involved in it questioning yourself specially at the ending, it doesn't spoon-feed you.

Pretentious, disgusting, boring.

Soooo boring .

It's like a stereotypically tedious filmmaker's idea of what an "arthouse" project should be - self congratulatory, shallow & though it portrays itself as "meaningful", the more accurate descriptive is "superficial".

Waste of time .

It's arthouse with some awe inspiring quiet tropes, great performances, and an original story.

I really cannot recommend this movie because it's really boring and I am not saying that the pacing is to slow for me, I am saying there isn't any pacing at all!

But I liked Robert Pattinson and trippy slightly pretentious thoughtful Sci Fi appeals to me.

I cannot understand that we can make movies as boring and meaningless.

Confusing and unnecessary .

I think there is a good portion of it where just nothing happens.

Unfortunately it was a boring, confusing mess.

It's up to you if you want to waste 2 hours of your life, but if you do, you'll probably be bored.

If you enjoy life, don't waste any time on this rubbish.

Perverted, boring without an ending.

Intriguing SF .

Some shots feel "off" and some 'disturbing" scenes pointless.

About movie- it supposed to be something new and different with those sex parts, but it ended boring and stupid.

Enjoyable sunday night movie .

This "film" is incredibly boring and pretentious.

Horrible, boring movie.

In addition, the sexual perversity of some scenes ends up being weird rather than intriguing.

The slow pacing and emptiness of space here merely seems to suggest a lack of anything compelling to move towards or to fill it with.

The collection of reprobates and downtrodden astronauts here are as uninteresting as they are unqualified for the trip (what agency, private or public would entrust such a critical exploration?

But overall it's disappointingly mundane.

This was the biggest waste of time I've ever witnessed.

Boring and goes nowhere, then ends....

Slow, boring and pointless.

Pretentious and pointless .

Such a sci-fi slow movie is acceptable only if there is a good background, an imaginary world or a future world to imagine.

If you're looking for a super slow flick with a wailing baby and a muddled story line with no payoff at the end, then you should give the High Life a watch.

The movie is erotic, confusing and It takes you to confussion and makes you feel awkward .

I give this film credit for being a piece of art, as opposed to being a generic, formulaic, unoriginal piece of dross, of which there are so many.

Was looking for to a cerebral experience but had to fight to stay awake.

Claire Denis was able to realize her compelling vision with adequate financial support and star power.

There's also a difference between good non-linear storytelling and disjointed, incompetent storytelling.

Utter self indulgent refuse......

Incredibly boring.

Mundane .

As well as evocative , cold and adequate photograhy from Yorick Le Saux and Tomasz Naumiuk : cinematography: Poland location .

Boring, I really wanted to like.

Add to this the sets within the spacecraft, which are more like cheap and cramped apartments than an advanced technological vehicle, and it becomes hard to find anything enjoyable about this movie, and worse, anything interesting.

The villainous doctor Dibs played by Juliette Binoche is pretty boring as well, barely giving you any motivation to dislike her or even support her.

Impenetrable, Stilted, Disjointed, Pretentious, Frustrating Bore.

I thought the black hole and things around it were stunning.

Garbage: weird and pointless plot, cheap set, cheap acting, dumb ending.

Fascinating and challenging .

Uninteresting, unpolished, boring, pointless.

Nothing happens.

Worst movie ever .


Pretentious A.

boring and pointless .

Eventually what I got was a uninteresting snore fest.

Fascinating .

Beyond that, it's a pretentious, void, thoughtless film.

this movie is completely pointless, combined with it making absolutely no sense in so many ways.

nothing happens .

A icky bath in the pretentious slush that is High Life, this movie will make you annoyed and bored at the same time.

Pretentious twaddle .

This movie was horrible, and boring from first minute.

If you think things like pointless splashes on paper are 'art'...

I won't get that hour and 53 minutes back, and it would've been better spent sleeping, or playing with an empty can.

DickAnd you thought 2001: A Space Odyssey was slow.

How ever sometime it is more boring that intresting.

Don't waste your time like I did.

Want a pointless movie then this is for you!.

Robert Pattenson gives a subtle but intense performance proving he has moved way beyond his adolescent Twilight days and into the vortex of a great film actor.

Denis carries over from her Trouble Every Day and Bastards a darkness and psychosexuality that make here for a disturbing and intriguing study of loneliness and hopelessness.

Just a waste og time .

It was lazy, pointless, ugly, and stupid.

But, the rest of the film slowly plods on, seemingly devoid of any real stakes or direction.

This was one of the worst movies I have ever seen.

By and large, High Life is an original, fascinating film that's worth watching, with solid performances by Binoche and Mia Goth and anther truly outstanding performance by Robert Pattinson in the role of Monte (it was the highlight of the film, watching Monte -- a criminal with a conscience you might say -- grow into the role of a loving father with a needy infant, despite his own desperation).

She is usually such a clever and knowing film maker but this is an all-round disaster or just possibly - and this is being generous - it could be a crafty exercise in flushing out the most pretentious and dishonest film reviewers.

The only redeeming qualities were the amazing score throughout the entire film, the cinematography, and the stunning visuals - the rare times when shown.

Its runtime is less than 2 hours although it feels a lot longer than that due to the films pacing which is very slow.

It is two hours of ponderous silence and random, unexplained behavior.

By far one of the worst movies i have seen this decade.

With that being said, there ARE a handful of very intense scenes that I was not expecting whatsoever!

It very slowly paced, and that is not a problem - the problem is that it shows a story which is difficult to understand and even more difficult to care about.

It is a slow and boring movie, with too many scenes about a baby, and not much science fiction.

No story line whatsoever with the most anticlimactic ending.

Boring .

Thoughtful but boring Sciencie Fiction pic that takes place beyond the solar system in a future that seems like the present .


She mixed her original style with something else(not sure what exactly) and created long,boring and somewhat unpleasant movie about NOTHING...

Odd but intriguing .

Juliette Binoche is a good actress but some of her line delivery was overly monotone for some reason.

Terrible movie all around, waste of time and money.

Its one of the those films you're either going to get it and be on board with straight away or you're be bored for most of the entirety, which I can understand.

Just a pointless run through a simple script with 'artsy' sexuality thrown in randomly.