Population 2


Dir: Gil Luna
Star: Suzanne Tufan, Jon Ashley Hall, Shelly Lipkin, Sibyl

After nuclear apocalypse has destroyed civilization as we know it, the main threat to humanity will not be radiation, disease or even mutant cockroaches: going by this film, you will most likely be bored to death. Lilith (Tufan) is virtually the only survivor, wandering round a deserted Portland, remembering the life she had before armageddeon with her husband, Simon (Hall). He's employed as a mouthpiece by the dubious OmniTech corporation and their head Vincent Velo (Lipkin) whose anti-global warming technology may have ended up backfiring, exacerbating the problem it was meant to combat. Knowing disaster is imminent, they set up safe places called "habitats" for their employees, but there's only room for one person per family. Oh, and Lilith just discovered she's pregnant. Unfortunately, any sense of drama is defused by the fact that the film starts with Lilith wandering, by herself, so we know what'll happen there, the route is the only source of excitement, and that's not exactly enthralling.

About the only plus to be found, is the good use the film makese of some deserted Oregon locations, which provide an atmospheric backdrop, against which things can then play out. Except, they don't: virtually nothing of interest happens in these scenes, because they consist entirely of Lilith wandering around, while she provides a lugubrious voice-over. Meanwhile, some of the worst CGI simulated air footage in cinematic history, has a jet plane flying towards its target of Portland, with the pilot carrying on a largely-inaudible conversation with ground control. Why did the goverment decide to order a strike on its own people? Or is this just the meaningless padding it appears? I'm sure there's intended to be a deep and meaningful message here, but it doesn't seem to go much further than "Corporations are evil, m'kay?" - about what I'd expect, having watched Portlandia. Oh, and while I'm at it, even the title appears to be a 100% exaggeration. Considering this is almost 100% disappointing, it is kinda appropriate.

D-
[December 2013]


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