"New World OrdeRx"
In the near future, a secret community in America is experimented on with repressive drugs by an authoritarian corporation.
In defense of the dub I just watched, I think this film takes on a far more sinister vibe in German. The voice actors bring real life to the roles and the authoritarian parallels add a sense of dread surrealism I can only imagine is completely missing in the original English version.
This film begins well and establishes a sense of dreamy despair in its first act through scenes portraying subverted iconic American imagery and a hopelessly medicated population.
However it loses it's tonal focus in the middle, where interestingly enough the movie includes scenes of what may be the first extant examples of a new sub-genre of Speculative Fiction: The Bro-topia.
In fact, the second act is populated with scenes of Bro-ing out at campfire parties, drinking from red solo cups, and even includes a cheerful deprogramming montage set to an original soundtrack in the style of a John Mayer or Dave Mathews album. All that is missing is a full on game of Beer-Pong. So, as you can imagine this is as real as it gets.
Still after all it had going for it "New World Order X - Das Ende der Menschheit" really struggled to come together at the end where the film takes on the appearance of being shot in the producer's backyard and where the plot's coherence and the villain's motives just completely unravel.
As a subdued entry into the genre that establishes its own quirky territory and because of it's strong opening, there is enough here to bemuse the curiosity of Dystopian film collectors but others may find this Rx hard to swallow. All said and done the director was savvy in creating a Futuristic Dystopia for College Bros, an under tapped market for Sci-Fi, its just that the completed film is nowhere near as fascinating as that sounds on paper.
Action / Drama / Sci-Fi
Action / Drama / Sci-Fi
In a dystopian future where pain and emotion have been suppressed by a government-issued drug called Torpase, Joshua Barrett (Tommy Martin) coasts through the monotony of his repetitive, workaday life. But when he's kidnapped by a rebellious priest (Richard Hackel), Joshua is exposed to a world beyond Torpase, changing everything he thought he knew about what it means to live. Also starring Louie Lawless, Amy Hunt, and Kyle Dal Santo, "Cheery Point" examines the necessity of pain and despair and "covers a wide range of possibilities that this country, as a whole, could face" (IMDb review).
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