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2047 : Virtual Revolution (2016)

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Paris 2047. 2047: Virtual RevolutionMost of the population spend all their time online, connected into virtual worlds, and don’t care anymore about reality. A shadow agent, Nash, working for one of the multinational companies behind these virtual worlds, is tracking down terrorists who threaten the system…

Genre : SF
Country : USA/France

Cast :
Mike Dopud : Nash
Maximilien Poullein : Morel
Kaya Blocksage : Camylle

Director :
Guy-Roger Duvert

My opinion on “2047 : Virtual Revolution”

“The year is 2047.
A century of technological revolution.
The revolution did happen, just not really the way people thought it would.”

Apparently there’s one thing that’ll never change, according to the movie “Virtual Revolution” which takes place in the near future.. And that’s the attitude of the political establishment towards the citizens. I concluded that after Dina said the following: “If the politicians want to keep things the way they are, it’s because they benefit from it“. That’s also the most wise thing Dina (Jane Badler) had to tell, because the rest was just irrelevant drivel. But that’s the only thing that annoyed me in this rather ambitious science fiction.

2047: Virtual Revolution

The same look-and-feel of “Blade Runner”.

The makers have gathered a lot of impressions from other famous SF films. It’s obvious they’ve re-watched “Blade Runner” several times to create a similar atmosphere. Paris from 2047 looks dark and deserted. An utopian city with lots of neon lighting. A big city with sky high futuristic buildings with small spaceships navigating in between them. Believe me, this film has the same appearance as “Blade Runner“.

Only Paris seems to be sparsely populated. And this is because the majority of the population stay at home as they are continuously connected to virtual worlds called “verses”. Nash (Mike Dopud) is a private detective employed by a multinational who developed and own these virtual worlds. The moment users are being murdered in these virtual worlds, he’s sent out to investigate who’s behind it. Turns out there’s an underground movement of a group of hackers with one main goal : give the connected back their freedom.

2047: Virtual Revolution

I want such a virtual world !

Virtual Revolution” alternately shows images from the real world and the virtual worlds. Honestly, I have to admit that the idea of walking around in such a virtual world sounds incredibly fascinating. Fragging in a Quake-like world or being a firmly muscled adventurer and defeating dragons in a world that resembles Skyrim. I’m sure you’ll find me in such a comfy dentist’s chair with headphones after a while. And trust me, I will have a swelling around my belly button as well. It all looks interesting. Certainly when you realize, just like Nash discovered to his surprise in a mirror, that you can transform into any desired individual of any gender you want.

2047: Virtual Revolution

Low-budget SF but high-recommendation.

Although this is a low-budget SciFi funded by crowdfunding and also the debut of Guy-Roger Duvert as a director, this movie looks impressive and slick. Maybe the story itself isn’t groundbreaking and the introduction of a half-dressed virtual heroine waking up in the middle of a lesbian scene, feels like a rather cheap trick. For the rest it’s admirable what they’ve put together. There were certain moments you could compare it with similar Hollywood films with a budget ten times bigger.

But what surprised me the most is the denouement. No predictable end like most blockbusters. It even contains an important message. A message about human liberties and choices that one can make as an individual. Oh well, no big prizes will be won with this movie. But if you come across it somewhere on your VOD service, I would give it a chance. I recommend it and you won’t regret it.

My rating 6.5/10
Links : IMDB

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Chaos Walking | Official Trailer

A dystopian world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each others’ thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.

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Adventure,  Sci-fi

Release Date:

January 22, 2021

Director:

Doug Liman

Cast:

Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Mads Mikkelsen, Ray McKinnon, Nick Jonas, David Oyelowo

Plot Summary:

A dystopian world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each others’ thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.

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Dark Encounter | A Low-budget Film With An Original Approach

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It’s incredibly hard to imagine
that four adults …
… and a dog!
… four adults and a dog
simply vanished in the course of an hour.

I saw “G-Loc” a while ago. And my first thought now was:  “Why not try another SF?“. Not only because it’s one of my favorite genres. But because “G-Loc” was horrible and a disappointment in every way. And I wanted to forget this ordeal as soon as possible by watching an SF of better quality. And luckily “Dark Encounter” was of a completely different quality than the latter. Even though that wasn’t really difficult to achieve. But in retrospect, I did wonder whether it was indeed an SF in the strict sense of the word.

 

 

Stroboscopic luminescent bulbs.

The opening scene shows mother and father Anderson coming home from a night out after which they discover that their daughter Maisie has mysteriously disappeared. However, there’s no trace or indication of a violent kidnapping. She simply vanished into thin air. In the next scene, we witness a family gathering. A family dinner where it’s abundantly clear that the pain of losing their child is still there, resulting in snappy conversations in a tense atmosphere. Until suddenly strange light phenomena are seen by Ray (Mel Raido) and he and the other present men suggest investigating the seeings. When they arrive in the forest and witness more spheres flying around and one of them disappears without a trace, they realize there’s more to it than some inexplicable weather phenomenon or local rascals playing with fireworks.

 

 

Mixed genres.

I have to admit that Carl Strathie knows how to mix different genres in an ingenious way. In general, you think that for the umpteenth time, alien green creatures are randomly abducting people to use them as guinea pigs for their experiments. Or maybe Martians who just dropped by to get acquainted. However, don’t expect impressive images of colossal intergalactic spacecraft. It’s limited to bright shining lights during a foggy night. Even though there are similarities with for example “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, you won’t be awed by an immense spaceship with lighting like the dance floor in “Saturday Night Fever”. Next, you get the feeling that you are watching a scary horror where household objects defy the laws of gravity and where lights start to flicker. And as a basis, you have a family drama about missing a loved one and the accompanying grieving process.

 

 

What a surprising revelation.

And if these aren’t enough film genres, there’s the very surprising denouement, after which the whole is suddenly approached from a completely different perspective. The sci-fi aspect fades into the background and a crime mystery demands attention. The denouement is overwhelming and most will react in a similar way as I did. “Ah, that’s what’s going on” as I thought at that moment. All I wondered is the origin of the entities that provide the clarification. Aliens? Or spiritual manifestations? Not that this matters. The end result is what counts. And thanks to this highly original twist, this film effortlessly rises above average.

 

 

This flick is worth a watch.

Dark Encounter” is a low-budget film with an original approach. Despite the fact they diligently borrowed from other well-known films, “Dark Encounter” pleasantly surprised me. And not just because of the originality of the story. But also because of the acting by the almost unknown cast (especially Laura Fraser). Plus the excellent soundtrack and sound effects. And the nostalgic feeling it gave me. It reminded me several times of similar films from the 80s. And the overall mood they managed to create. There’s something else that surprised me after reading about it. It seems as if it all takes place in the U.S. during that period. And yet this movie was entirely filmed in the UK with English actors. Amazing. In short, this SF is highly recommended.

 

 

My rating 7/10
Links: IMDB

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Dune | Official Trailer Drops Tomorrow

Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.

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Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

Release Date:

December 18, 2020

Director :

Denis Villeneuve

Cast:

Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Oscar Isaac

Plot Summary:

Paul Atreides leads nomadic tribes in a battle to control the desert planet Arrakis.

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