The future. A loaded set of words. Especially now. Though the future has never really at any time in history been a crystal clear thing. Now that we are in the middle of a pandemic which has shown us many things, but mostly that we are very susceptible. Not as powerful and in control as we might have previously thought.
Now when we look towards the future what will we see? I think that is all changed. All up for discussion. That discussion will oftentimes take place in the arts. As it always has. The arts help humans work through things. How we think and feel. Now it is not so clear what lies ahead of us.
LX 2048 is director and screenwriter Guy Moshe’s vision of what the future could be like. Filled with A.I., VR and unhappy humans. Realistic really. Not a very pleasant idea of where we are going.
The year is 2048 and the world is dominated by technology. Virtual reality is something which all humans have come to rely on. That is except for one man. Adam (James D’Arcy – Dunkirk, Cloud Atlas) has resisted the lure of technology. He is the last man standing. A man who insists on still waking up every morning and still going to work. Daring to leave his house like few others do anymore (sound familiar?). He goes to the office to put in his day of work. This is not de rigeur anymore as the sunlight is dangerous. The ozone layer has been burned away and our protection is gone. People stay inside during the daytime. We have become like vampires.
His strange attributes continue in that at a time when few people are having children, he and his now estranged wife (Anna Brewster – from television’s Versailles) have three. Fighting to remain “real” in a world of artificial.
Then he finds out his heart is failing and he will die. Or not really. Actually he is scheduled to be replaced by a clone. A clone which is just like him except better in all ways. This will take place due to him being a part of the Premium 3 government insurance plan. His clone will be given to his wife.
Adam wants to hold on to his humanity. He needs a plan. Before the clone wipes him from everyone’s lives.
While the idea is cool and the story goes a long way towards pushing that idea forward. Yet it doesn’t click. Doesn’t hold your attention. Maybe it is because it doesn’t have enough time to flesh out story or character. Maybe it is due to the lack of money.
While some sci fi fans might see the value and allure here, not many others will. The lack of humanity and real relationships will turn most away. Strange as that lack or loss of humanity is exactly what the film claims to dread.
Moshe’s film is available to rent or own on Amazon, iTunes and more.