DMovies - Your platform for thought-provoking cinema

Twenty Twenty-Four

Director - Richard Mundy - 2016

"Dirty gem"
It's the end of the world (and I don't feel fine): this brand new indie apocalyptic flick cleverly blends elements from your favourite sci-fi flicks, with some very unusual and creative twists

An underground bunker, an imminent apocalypse, a lonely scientist and an ominous computer are the main ingredients of this convincing British indie sci-fi. It is guaranteed to keep you hooked for 90 minutes, and it will give you a few good scares, too. Twenty Twenty Four has an estimated budget of just £20,000.

Roy (Andrew Kinsler) inhabits an underground facility named Plethura on his own, completely isolated from the inhospitable outside, and the intelligent computer Arthur is the only type of interaction available. Until he begins to sense a foreign presence, and strange events begin to take place, including a infection protruding from his chest. The computer Arthur is ambiguous and ironic, often mocking and bullying the young scientist. It grudgingly carries out his requests, instead prompting him with a constant “are you sure, Roy?” – in a mix of British irony and feigned politeness which Roy and audiences will find both amusing and vexing.

The dark imagery elegantly veers between reality, dream and allegory, and it is often impossible to distinguish between these three film layers. It is precisely this narrative and poetical freedom, supported by good acting and convincing photography, that make this movie a powerful viewing experience.

Twenty Twenty-Four mixes elements of Stanley Kubrik’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (the evil and manipulative computer; made in 1968), Tarkovsky’s Solaris (isolation, the questioning of the real location, hallucinations; 1972), Ridley Scott’s Alien (contamination, stalking creatures; 1979) and many others sci-fi classics. Despite being made in 2016 and set in 2024, the movie has a strange vintage look because it was mostly filmed inside facilities constructed in the past. There are even green phosphor and monochromatic computer screens.

This retro feel does not compromise the quality of the movie. Quite the opposite, Twenty Twenty-Four is a fitting tribute to the sci-fi classics. It excels in its simplicity, deftly making use of the few resources available. There are also a few shortcomings, such as the excessive contextualisation of the movie in the beginning by the means of text, but this will not prevent you from having a lot of fun.

Twenty TwentyFour was completed in May 2016, and premiered in London at Empire Cinema, Leicester Square, with the British Independent Film Festival. You can find out more information about the film and where to view it next by clicking here.

You can watch the film trailer below:

.



"Dirty gem"

By Victor Fraga - 08-08-2016

By Victor Fraga - 08-08-2016

Victor Fraga is a Brazilian born and London-based writer with more than 15 years of i...

DMovies Poll

Should smoking in cinema be banned?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Most Read

Pigs might fly. And so Brexit might happen. [Read More...]
Thousands of reviews, opinion pieces, YouTube videos, blog [Read More...]
Perhaps no other 20th century artist has captured [Read More...]
Another year has gone by, and DMovies is [Read More...]
The past 12 months saw three major British [Read More...]
What happens when an independent female filmmaker with [Read More...]

Read More

When Trees Fall (Koly Padayut Dereva)

Marysia Nikitiuk
2018

Victor Fraga - 21-02-2018

The colour of my female dreams! Ukrainian film by first-time female director is visually exquisite and sophisticated, despite a very commonplace script - from the Berlinale [Read More...]

Tranny Fag (Bixa Travesty)

Kiko Goifman and Claudia Priscilla
2018

Victor Fraga - 20-02-2018

Are you man enough for me? Brazilian gender terrorist Linn da Quebrada is in Europe to savage your primitive notions of masculinity and femininity - live from the Berlinale [Read More...]

Kinshasa Makambo

Dieudo Hamadi
2018

Victor Fraga - 20-02-2018

Audacious doc registers the rebel struggle against the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila, who has been in power for 17 years and still refuses to budge - live from the Berlinale [Read More...]

Facebook Comment

Website Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *