Pandemic is the word of the day and as reality gets stranger than fiction, sci-fi disaster films are beginning to seem like likely premises for disaster. But in these films there’s not just the examination of devastation but a chance to examine what hope we may have in the face of it.
Where writer/director Seth Larney’s 2067 may draw up a dark future of eco terror and enterprise it also instills a sense of hope with its character driven drama that pits one man against the fate of the world.
Earth is in total ruin. Due to ecological devastations, there is no more air on earth. Plagues, violence, politics. All the makings of a hellscape have lead to the rise in corporate enterprise to maintain synthetic air, giving them ultimate power over the world. Ethan Whyte (Kodi Smit-McPhee of X-Men Apocalypse fame) is a young man who works for one of these companies. Underground he works in the tunnels maintaining the city’s air supply lines with his co-worker and best friend, Ryan Kwanten of True Blood fame. Ethan does an important job, not only does his city rely on him but his girlfriend whose sick at home. If anyone even knew, there’s no telling what would happen to her. One day Ethan is called into the higher up office at work and is told there’s been an update on their latest project he should be made aware of; his long dead father has left a message for him.
From beyond in another dimension a sign of hope has been transmitted and the corporation reveals to Ethan that they’ve been working on a portal. One that his father designed, one that has shown them a sign of hope somewhere out there in the distant world. Only one man has ever gone through before and they feel Ethan is the only one who can solve his father’s puzzling mania and navigate the other dimensions. In the face of all the mysteries of time travel, his father’s own madness and the possibility of losing it all Ethan takes the brave step forward and enters into a whole new world.
Making excellent use of his experience as a visual artist working on sci-fi films of X-Men and Matrix calliber, Larney draws up grandiose landscapes that inform the world of the stories. The dark and decaying near future earth is painted with muted colors, industrial rusts and a well balanced blend of practical and CGI effect that makes it feel active. But just as he captures the dreary despair of the world, his hopeful world of another dimension draws a flourishing contrast that breathes with life so cherished by characters in his film. Lavish greens and earth tones restore the vision of beauty to earth and it’s hopeful return.
With a hero bound not just by his determination to save mankind but a heart felt chance at redeeming his relationship with his father, 2067 pulls on global heart strings and wraps them around a story of redemption, time travel, ecological terrors and interdimensional second chances. Delivered with stunning visual effect and emotional performances by Kodi Smit-Mcphee, 2067 is a dramatic sci-fi thriller not to be missed.
Presented by RJLE Films, 2067 is available now on demand and digital October 2, 2020.