Synopsis: The year is 2307 A.D. Mankind finds itself trapped in a frozen wasteland. Surviving humans are forced underground. Humanoids, genetically designed to withstand the extreme cold, serve as a labor force on the planet’s surface. When rogue Humanoids incite a violent rebellion, elite soldiers venture into the frozen wastelands to terminate the threat.
Review: Starring Paul Sidhu ‘2307: Winters Dream’ is a dark vision of the future as well as a character study, which illustrates both the dark side as well as the nobility of humanity.
The story, which was devised by Paul Sidhu and Joey Curtis who also wrote the screenplay is set nearly 300 – years in our future.
From the start of the movie. We’re thrown into an ice age, which ironically is in Arizona, which in the present day is a desert.
The story sees Bishop and his team of commandos on the hunt for ASH-393 a rogue genetically engineered humanoid. This rogue is accused of pretty much every bad thing you can think of.
Bishop and his soldiers have been indoctrinated into a culture that stares down on anyone and anything that they consider to be less than human, but it is pretty obvious from the outset that Bishop isn’t fully invested in the propaganda.
The story is basically our genetically engineered offspring rebelling and wanting to live a life other than servitude. Who can blame them.
The film tackles a lot of themes. Racism, slavery and the use of propaganda being the ones that stick out the most.
The one downfall for me is the pacing.
The first hour dragged a little bit and things didn’t really liven up until the last 50 minutes.
Most of the early part of the movie sees Bishop and his team trouncing through the snow trying to hunt down the noid. This was made worse by the fact that I didn’t particularly like the characters that Bishop was leading, but it becomes apparent that you are not supposed to like them.
One character, in particular, is quoting Hitler’s book in relation to the genetically engineered humanoid’s. But she doesn’t seem to have much respect for Bishop and her fellow soldiers either.
Things don’t really pick up until Bishop is rescued by a Native American lady. In this film, the Native American’s still live above ground and seem to sympathize with the plight of the genetically engineered slave class.
Without giving too much away. Bishop upon learning the truth has a change of heart.
If you’re looking for a pulpy science fiction movie. This isn’t it. The popcorn is in another isle.
What we have here is a solid morality tale that holds a mirror up to humanity in general and asks some really deep philosophical questions.
By the time I had finished watching this film. I was happy that I managed to survive through the first hour.
Director Joey Curtis did a great job with all the location work. The ice-scapes that the characters exist in were well shot and eerily beautiful.
We even get some futuristic looking weapons. Obviously based on present-day versions.
The film looked far more expensive than it probably cost to make.
If you’re in the mood for a Mad Max style world, but with a thoughtful narrative. Then the film is worth a look, but it might not stand up well to repeat viewings.
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