So, global warming is kind of a big deal, right? In 2067, directed by Seth Larney, we’re shown a future where humans have essentially rendered themselves extinct; a future that doesn’t seem too far off, considering the way the world is currently going. Although we’re not completely hopeless quite yet, 2067 asks the question: are we worth a second chance? It’s a good question, but ultimately gets lost in the mix due to poor execution.
2067 is set in the year (you guessed it) 2067, where global warming has depleted nearly all of Earth’s natural air, forcing people to survive on manufactured oxygen. But when the artificial O2 starts poisoning the people that breathe it, a message from the future sends two seemingly random utility workers named Ethan (Kodi Smit-McPhee, X-Men: Apocalypse) and Jude (Ryan Kwanten, True Blood) 400 years into the future in search of a cure.
I’m gonna be honest here. I did not enjoy this movie. I watched it with a friend of mine, and the whole time we kept shooting each other looks of boredom, checking our phones every few minutes. However, it’s far from the worst movie ever made (in fact, I wouldn’t even call it a bad movie per se) so before we get into the things that I didn’t like, let’s talk about the things that I did.
First off, 2067 is visually very appealing. I can’t imagine they had an incredibly high budget, but the effects look decent for the most part. Much of the film takes place in a jungle so there are plenty of bright colours to distract you from the bleak plot. I was shocked to discover this had the same cinematographer as Jordan Peele’s Get Out and some of the visuals reminded me of 2018’s Annihilation. But that’s the problem with 2067. Everything we see here, we’ve seen before but in far superior films. It offers nothing fresh or original, and plays out like every other sci-fi flick that tries to be more mind bending than it is.
2067 structures itself as a mystery, but leaves the audience with nothing to solve for ourselves. Instead, we watch as the characters spend the entire runtime walking from one plot point to the next. The plot twists weren’t shocking because I wasn’t interested or attached to the characters in the first place. Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ryan Kwanten try their hardest, but they’re not enough to save this thing. By the end, the only mystery I wanted solved was why this movie was worth my time.
Maybe I’m being too harsh because like I said, it wasn’t all bad. It has a good score, some pretty scenery, and a good theme hidden in there somewhere…probably? There’s definitely an audience for it but at the end of the day, this just wasn’t for me. So if you’re looking for an exciting Friday night sci-fi, I would maybe consider looking a little further than 2067.