It’s always fun when a little film comes out of nowhere that has the ability to surprise. Such is the case of writer/director Guy Moshe “LX 2048,” a low budget, independent film science fiction about identity, purpose, and attachment to humanity itself.
Adam Bird (a very good James D’Arcy, “Broadchurch”) is a man at odds with his world. Lives in our future – far enough ahead for the clones are part of daily life, close enough to the current Adam can drive a 21-beginning of the century Mercedes Benz – but it is old school, and insists on doing things the way he always has.
Because of the toxicity and heat roasting environment to the outdoors, mankind has been driven indoors, squandering their existence in drug design and virtual reality. Resistant clones, which have turned humans into cave dwellers high-tech, do the dirty work to keep society going.
But Bird, dressed as a hazardous materials worker, still insists on going to his office where he works for a company of virtual reality. In addition to working alone, he lives a solitary life. Separated from his wife (Anna Brewster of “Versailles”) and can not see them, three children, things seemed to get worse. Until they do. Diagnosed (by a clone, of course) with a malfunction of the heart that irreparable slowly kill him.
Where the story goes from there manages to keep the audience guessing. I only know that also includes entertainment appearance of the always welcome Delroy Lindo, seen earlier this year in Spike Lee’s “Day 5 Bloods”.
No action on the talky “LX 2048” by the appeal of the film is based on the story twists and solid cast, especially Bird who has to carry the film and is found in almost every shot. At least, “LX 2048” is just one more proof that ambition exceeds the budget.