Review of ‘2067’ by Seth Larney


2067 is an Australian sci-fi drama directed by Seth Larney (Tombiruo, Hipsters), who also co-writes the script with Dave Paterson. We are faced with a dystopian future where climate change has caused the need to use artificial oxygen to breathe. With humanity on the brink of extinction, the last hope is a man who is chosen to travel to the future and find a cure. It is starring Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let me in, the highway), Ryan Kwanten (Them, Kill Chain), Leeanna Walsman, Sana’a Shaik, Deborah Mailman, Finn Little, Aaron Glenane and Andy McPhee. The film has not been released in Spain in theaters and has reached us through platforms such as Movistar O Rakuten TV on April 1, 2021.

Travel to the future as the last hope for the present

2067 is a curious Australian science fiction film that could be framed within the ecological aspect that emerged in the 70s with Mysterious Ships (Douglas Trumbull, 1972) the When fate reaches us (Richard Fleischer, 1973), among others. Seth Larney poses a catastrophic dystopia with a world on the brink of extinction. There is an environmental emergency caused by global warming that has made all the vegetation on the planet disappear. That has made it necessary to use artificial oxygen to survive, while people are falling ill and perishing. The only hope to avoid the definitive apocalypse lies in the young Ethan Whyte, played with solvency by Kodi Smit-McPhee. Of the rest of the cast we can only say that their jobs are quite uneven.

Chronicorp is the company in charge of supplying artificial oxygen to the population. He has also been secretly working on crafting a time machine. Ethan’s own father was in charge of the project. Everything changes when, from the year 2474, an enigmatic message arrives: “Send Ethan Whyte (Send Ethan Whyte)”. In this way, our skeptical protagonist must become a space traveler who tests the stability of the machine to travel 407 years ahead. The problem is that the device has never been tested on humans and that, in addition, there is only one one-way ticket. For the return he has to look for life on his own. Upon reaching the future, everything will be greatly changed. Without a trace of living people, but with the land covered by a thick jungle of all kinds of vegetation, which does herald the possibility of human life. After the discovery of a skeleton with a bullet shot in the skull, Ethan’s odyssey will be to discover the truth of what happened.

Outstanding science fiction, but low budget

Under that attractive, although not too novel plot premise, the Australian director Seth Larney builds the foundation for all your reflections on today’s world. There is a clear environmental message about the need to change our relationship with the environment so that the world described in his film does not become a reality. The bet of 2067 it is closer, then, to introspective drama than to science fiction itself. That can end up frustrating the expectations of many viewers. The script gets repetitive, lacks enough action, and gets lost in unattractive psychological aspects. The inner drama of the protagonist is overexposed, weighing down much of the possibilities that the film had. To get an idea, the director himself stated in an interview that he was not particularly interested in the subject of time travel.

At a conceptual level, 2067 it is quite well done. The visual effects, the atmosphere and the decorations are effective, offering a good technical finish to the final product. We must not forget that we are facing a low-budget film that even needed financial contributions on the crowdfunding platform to get ahead. That is why we will find that the number of locations is so limited and that much of the action happens in the same setting, either in the present or in the future. Larney He makes the most of it possible thanks to his enormous experience forged over years as part of the special effects teams of major blockbusters such as Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions (Lilly Wachowski y Lana Wachowski, 2003) the Star Wars. Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (George Lucas, 2005).

2067 It is a series B film, modest and attractive, which raises an intrigue where literature is combined Greenpunk with the heroism of John Connor of the saga Terminator. Unfortunately, he ends up falling halfway through almost everything. It lacks a sense of show and is too discursive. It gets extremely slow and boring. Even so, the most ardent fans of science fiction can find some elements that make it of interest to them. And I never disgust a good time travel.

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Review of ‘2067’ by Seth Larney