Friday, July 7, 2023

2067 (2020)

Streaming Service: Hulu
Movie Name/Year: 2067 (2020)
Genre: Sci-fi, Mystery
Length:  1h 54min
Rating: Unrated
Production/Distribution: Screen Australia, XYZ Films, Futurism Studios, The South Australian Film Corporation, Adelaide Film Festival, Create NSW, Elevate Production Finance, Grumpy Sailor, Kojo Productions, Freedom Films, Arcadia, RLJE Films, Netflix Australia, Hulu
Director: Seth Larney
Writers: Seth Larney, Gareth Davies, Galvin Scott Davis, Davie Paterson
Actors: Aaron Glenane, Andy McPhee, Checc Musolino, Damian Walshe-Howling, Deborah Mailman, Finn Little, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leeanna Walsman, Matt Testro, Ryan Kwanten, Sana'a Shaik
Rotten Tomatoes Blurb: When Earth's air becomes unbreathable, a message from the future sends a man on a dangerous mission to an unknown world to save the human race.

Cat’s Point of View:
Have I mentioned before that I’m a sucker for Sci-Fi? If the concept is even remotely interesting, or if I’m drawn to members of the cast, I’m down to watch (even if I know it’s going to be questionable).

2067 was one of those movies that I had a few question marks in my mind about but wanted to see it all the same. It helped that Ryan Kwanten (Them, Expired, Glorious) was in it. He’s not just another pretty face, though. As a fan of the books, I was an avid watcher of True Blood (2008-2014), and Kwanten got my attention through his take on Jason Stackhouse. (Yes, I know True Blood didn’t follow the books. Let’s not get stuck on that.) Since then, I’m generally down to watch anything he’s in. He tends to be underrated as an actor, in my opinion. I digress…

I had enough reason to expect a decent performance from Kodi Smit-McPhee (ParaNorman, Slow West, Alpha) as well, even though I wasn’t as familiar with his work. 

While 2067 didn’t make Selina’s Top 20 list for October 2020, the production was a solid #12 for me. 

Without further gilding the lily, I’d have to say that 2067 was alright. Just alright.

I wish I could be doing cartwheels for it or something like that, alas it just wasn’t exactly as thrilling as I thought it might be from the trailer. This was actually my 2nd viewing of 2067. I remember watching it back in 2020 as soon as it became available through one of my streaming services or cable network. Here’s the thing though… I only remembered after my daughter piped up and reminded me. We had watched it together back then, too. I’d utterly forgotten. 

The message about the environmental damage that mankind has wrought upon the planet is clear. It pretty much gets beaten over our heads while at the same time encouraging hope and highlighting the ingenuity of human desperation. 

The effects were actually surprisingly good for what had to be the shoestring budget they were working with, too. I believed every minute of the visuals of this dystopian future… for the most part. There were a couple things associated with a plot hole or so that took me out of the movie for a few moments, but it wasn’t enough to wreck my experience. There were just a few flaws in the fundamental science of the story.

The plot was twisty, but not entirely unpredictable. Unfortunately, at this stage I can’t tell if that was because I remembered my first watch-through and thus already subconsciously knew the twists and how things turned out. 

If you like time travel paradox type Sci-Fi, 2067 isn’t a horrible way to spend a couple of hours, though the concept has been explored more successfully by other films in the genre for sure. 
Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 31%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 39%
Metascore – 39%
Metacritic User Score – 5.7/10
IMDB Score – 4.9/10
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating – 3/5

Trust the Dice: Parental Advisory Rating – PG-13
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