LX 2048 (2020) reviews of dystopian virtual reality sci-fi pic

 

‘Face your reality.’

LX 2048 is a 2020 American science-fiction feature film set in a near-future dystopia in which a dying man seeks to protect his family. Unfortunately, when his time runs out a clone will his place.

Written and directed by Guy Moshe (Bunraku; co-writer of Into the Grizzly Maze), the Chimera Pictures-Lituanica Films production stars James D’Arcy, Gina McKee (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Delroy Lindo and Anna Brewster.

Plot:

It is 2048. Mankind has by now destroyed the ozone layer to such a degree that normal human beings cannot be out in the daytime. People spend their waking hours at night and almost everything is done inside the virtual realm.

From work to school to socializing, most people just stay home and conduct their affairs from their Virtual Reality designated spaces. Mental depression has become so prevalent that the entire population is required to take the state-issued pill 001LithiumX.

In this new world order, Adam Bird is a rare breed. Adam insists on waking up during the day. He insists on leaving his house and going to work in a physical office. He has three kids in a time when most people barely breed, and he adamantly refuses to take 001LithiumX, fighting to stay human in a world that is rapidly transforming into the artificial.

However, things change when Adam discovers his heart is mysteriously failing. With no possibility for an organ transplant, Adam is now scheduled to be replaced by a cloned upgrade – an improved version of himself that will be supplied to his estranged wife as part of the Premium 3 government insurance plan. Spiralling out of control, Adam starts living on borrowed time, seeking to find a solution before his replica will be sent to raise his kids and replace his existence across the board.

Reviews:

“There is a Big Brother aspect to the government and there are questions involving love and clones. The dialogue is also uneven with some lines sounding like a B action movie. LX 2048 manages to get past these hurdles by revisiting Adam’s personal life. The movie is as much a domestic drama as it is a sci-fiction movie.” AITP

“D’Arcy gives everything to the part, and his energy is appreciated, but Moshe can’t hide the limitations of the concept, which feels more at home as a short than a feature, with stretchmarks showing as the helmer sniffs around for an ending, which ends up as underwhelming as the overall endeavor.” Blu-ray.com

“Given the absolute ingenuity Moshe demonstrates as LX 2048 comes screaming toward the conclusion, setting off some truly fascinating and discussion-worthy concepts, it’s a shame that the whole of the film doesn’t deserve the same reaction. Ultimately, LX 2048 reveals itself to be a film that is much like Adam, so desperate to mean something that it’ll destroy everything it cares for despite the cost.” Elements of Madness

LX 2048 has some very funny moments of black comedy thrown in, especially in the latter half, which throws off the nihilistic tone that the movie has held up until then. However, some truly thought-provoking concepts, interesting production design, and a knockout performance from James D’Arcy make LX 2048 well worth a look.” Film Threat

” …while the film can sometimes feel overstuffed, Moshe’s script credibly grapples with changes that are, after all, well underway in the real world — and lead James D’Arcy embodies the anxieties and self-righteousness of a man fighting to retain some grip on the increasingly shaky concept of “real” life.” The Hollywood Reporter

“There’s no action in the talky LX 2048, so the film’s appeal is based on the story’s twists and the solid cast, especially Bird, who has to carry the movie and is in nearly every frame. If nothing else, LX 2048 is just more proof that ambition beats budget.” Houston Chronicle

LX 2048 is much more intelligent than Moshe’s last feature, the visually inventive but shallow and problematic Bunraku. This excursion into dystopian cyber-punk is uneven, but its vibe and speculative insights deserve comparison to Almereyda’s Marjorie Prime (which is admittedly superior). Recommended on balance for the smart parts…” J.B. Spins

“Moshe’s script has multiple interesting ideas and concepts and the cast does the best they can. In the end, it simply tries to accomplish too much, and what would have worked better as an intimate study on relationships in an increasingly impersonal world is instead a bloated thriller that attempts a lot, but pays off very little.” Loud and Clear

“With so many ideas explored and then left by the wayside, it feels like there isn’t an overarching story going on. You would normally expect a third act to really sew things together, but this is when the movie gets to its most surreal. The whole last half hour gets more and more comical as the ramifications of all the ideas get explored in more and more farcical ways, it brought to mind Terry Gilliam’s Brazil with how strange things become.” The Rotting Zombie

“Interested more in exploring ideas and questions (minus any definitive answers given or suggestion), Moshe throws one surprise after another (after another) into the narrative that will leave even the most attentive, engaged viewer at a loss of words and questioning what they just saw. That’s a net positive, in case you’re wondering.” Screen Anarchy

“There are a lot of good ideas being explored here, I liked the semi post-apocalyptic/semi digital-utopia setting, and it has some good character moments from James D’Arcy and Delroy Lindo. However, I’m not sure it all came together in the wash, and the ending left me more perplexed than anything else.” TL;DR Reviews

“Moshe starts with what might have made a good episode of Black Mirror and proceeds to stuff it with every science-fiction cliché he could think of. Then frosts it with some philosophical posturing about humanity and what makes us us. Despite running an hour and forty minutes it develops almost none of the themes it brings up.” Voices from the Balcony

Release:

LX 2048 will be available to rent or own on September 25th via streaming platforms in the US and Canada via Quiver Distribution, in a partnership with Chimera Pictures and Outta the Bloc.

Cast and characters:

James D’Arcy … Adam Bird
Gina McKee … Doctor Rhys
Delroy Lindo … Donald Stein
Anna Brewster … Reena Bird
Juliet Aubrey … Doctor Maple
Jay Hayden … State Clerk
Linc Hand … State Officer
Gabrielle Cassi … Maria
Ronin Zaki Moshe … Joshua Bird
Logan Findlay … Guard
Majus Motiejus Prokopas … Nate Bird

Filming locations:

Vilnius, Lithuania

Technical details:

104 minutes

Original title:

001LithiumX 

Trailer:

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