2149: The Aftermath
(Nick Krause, Molly Parker, Juliette Gosselin, Jordyn Negri, et al / DVD / NR / 2021 / 4Digital Media)
Overview: In a future society, a young man named Darwin lives, like everyone else; in a small cement module with little more than a computer.
One night, during a violent storm, lightning hits Darwins module and knocks out his computer, forcing him to venture outside. He is surprised to come across a beautiful young woman, living with her family in the woods, who teach him how to speak and show him the value of human contact.
Meanwhile, the security forces have sent drones to search for and recapture him.
DVD Verdict: With a plot line that opens on the near future where humanity lives out their lives in front of computers, a young man named Darwin operates a loader remotely and spends his life in his computer chamber.
Unfortunately, a lightning strike takes down his computer and he goes out into the real world where he finds a group of people living off the grid in the woods.
A reissue/remake under a different name of the same movie from 2016 (then entitled Confinement before itself being rebranded as Darwin), if you like low grade Sci-Fi with minimal CGI then you are going to adore 2149: The Aftermath.
Furthermore, viewing it another way, as a feature-length episode of the brilliant Black Mirror, perhaps even a hybrid Twilight Zone, is the way to go here, as it is chock full of fascinating ideas and moral high ground, where ethics and the choice to do the right thing are most definitely brought to the fore.
That sad, the ongoing social commentary on social media, tech, and video games was perhaps over cooked, but it did manage to afford us an effective sense of isolation. One almost embodying an empty world where we ourselves purposely step away from the maddening crowds within our very own.
Krause is a first rate actor here in his role as Darwin, along with Molly Parker as Lillian, the head of the outdoor group. You may also recognize Jordyn Negri (as Beth), as she is better known these days in her role as the blind daughter on the TV show Private Eyes.
The voiceover by Mother (Patricia Summersett) can be a little over-simplifying and a wee bit obvious in its statements and observations when describing things that are already obvious to us all, but her voice soon blends into the background if you allow it to.
Not exactly full of mortal danger or elevated moments of any real tension, the film is a tad bit slow paced for my liking and ultimately does not feed the viewer with any high end stakes to be aimed for along the way.
That said, and in conclusion, 2149: The Aftermath is lovingly, and expertly focused on what the budget would allow them to stretch to on screen, and thus works with it in some style.
That is why this film is a definite must-watch for all Sci-Fi fans and one that is genuine comfort food for us all, especially with the world where it is today. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
Own 2149: The Aftermath on May 18th, 2021 on DVD from 4Digital Media.
Official 2149: The Aftermath Trailer