LX2048 Write Up

September 24, 2020 By

LX2048 Review

LX2048 is coming to video on demand on September 25th 2020. It will be available to rent or own via Amazon, iTunes, Comcast, Spectrum, Dish, DirecTV, Vudu and most popular platforms. Be sure to check out our interview with writer/director/editor Guy Moshe for more insight into the movie!

LX2048 is a prime example of a movie that has something to say but is, first and foremost, a great movie. It’s also a pure example of what science fiction is supposed to be. That is, a heightened look at aspects of our current culture and where they could potentially go.

In 2048 the world is bleak. The ozone has decayed enough that the very sun is detrimental to human life. Humans have adapted by moving their lives into virtual worlds. Adam Bird (James D’Arcy) is stubbornly trying to hold on to the old ways. Though he isn’t able to fully articulate why this is so important to him. Bird feels that he hasn’t achieved the life he always dreamed of. He’s always wanting more, or at least different. The unscratchable itch of a life that never was causes Bird to detach from his wife and children. On top of being unfulfilled by work and separated from his family, Bird finds out he’s dying. He wants to do something good before his time is done. He wants to secure his family’s future.

LX2048 is set three years after we are supposed to achieve technological singularity. Mankind will hit an explosion of self-improvement cycles that exponentially grow as they build on each other. Our world will be going through a rapid technological evolution, we can see the seeds of it now. Virtual Reality, Augmented reality, pharmaceuticals, cloning, climate change, are all at the forefront of the movie without ever making it feel overstuffed.

It wasn’t possible for writer/director/editor Guy Moshe to know the exact state of the world when he made LX2048 but our current world makes it feel less science fiction and more a shocking look at our actual reality. We’ve been in a lockdown for six months at this point. People have turned to technology more than ever before, which is considerable given our tech addicted way of life in this country. We don’t live inside a headset, yet, but we have our heads down glaring into handheld screens the majority of the time. Online shopping and deliveries where we don’t see the human beings bringing us our every last need and want is available at the touch of a few backlit buttons. Kids also live in screens more than ever with many schools around the country still trying to adapt a virtual learning model.

LX2048 holds a mirror up to us so we can think about our habits. We’re all a bit like Adam Bird. We may want to hold on to aspects of what we consider the old ways but we are almost powerless to avoid the technology entirely.

Guy Moshe’s informed projection on technology, drugs, and climate change allow us to see the exciting potential, along with the drawbacks. All elements of these technologies racing for improvement are equal parts exciting, terrifying, and hilarious.

Along with the technology and how drastically it has, and will continue to, change our lives, Moshe explores the other side of the coin. The old adage, ‘the more things change the more they stay the same’ rings true. Adam Bird blames a lot of technology for his personal problems. He sees his family living in VR headsets. The world’s medicated to deal with the changes, he refuses to partake. Bird feels unfulfilled in his work and his life. These problems could be blamed on the tech, sure. But it seems that Bird’s core issues are human issues. He could stop working days and being one of very few who venture out into the toxic sun. He could get on the same schedule as his family and spend time with them. He could join his kids in the virtual world for some time bonding. He could relate to his wife instead of finding what he thinks he wants in an affair, ironically, with an AI.

Clearly, there’s a lot going on in LX2048. Many of the movie’s larger points could be heavy handed. Luckily the script is insanely strong and there’s a talented cast to pull it off. James D’Arcy was up to the challenge of leading the movie. D’Arcy walks a tightrope through the entire film. He plays every element perfectly and scenes always find a balance in tech, message, comedy, and plot.

The character’s are exceptionally well written. There is no ‘good’ and ‘bad’. Everyone, as in life, is a shade of gray. Adam and Reena (Anna Brewster) Bird are going through a divorce. At first it feels like Adam is the victim in the whole thing. We follow the events from his point of view afterall. When the curtain is pulled back and we get the truth of the matter there is plenty of blame to go around. Bird encounters a handful of interesting characters along the way. Despite limited screen time they all leave an impact. On Bird, and on us, as an audience. The nuances in performances as well as the created traits of the character make the world of LX2048 feel so real.

These characters need a world to live in. It doesn’t feel like LX2048 spends a lot of time on world building but just following Bird through his life sets the stage. The sun is toxic so people stay inside. That means advancements in personal transportation, infrastructure, and architecture are a lot less important than a physical world would deem.

With everyone living their lives in VR headsets this technology has grown by leaps and bounds compared to our current world. It also means that home design has changed a bit. It’s with a bit of humor, but of course incredibly practical, that we see the Bird household has outfitted the kid’s rooms as well as a specific VR room, with padded walls.

LX2048 is a movie that speaks to our time with a relevance Moshe could not have foreseen. It’s well crafted, well shot, and well edited. The performances are outstanding, especially D’Arcy’s. There is just enough world building to set the stage. Just enough humor to keep the audience from feeling the world is all too bleak. The score punctuates the events and adds to the tone wonderfully. This is a must watch for any science fiction fan. What the movie has to say about our relationship with technology and how it could be undermining our own relationships is as nuanced as the performances. The fact that LX2048 is being released to video on demand during a global pandemic is serendipitous.

LX2048 is coming to video on demand on September 25th 2020. It will be available to rent or own via Amazon, iTunes, Comcast, Spectrum, Dish, DirecTV, Vudu and most popular platforms. Be sure to check out our interview with writer/director/editor Guy Moshe for more insight into the movie!