Sometimes a movie title is given more consideration than the story behind it. 2047: Virtual Revolution was originally called Virtual Revolution but later changed before its commercial release.
There is a common practice among movie distributors to change the title as a conditional part of the release. This comes down to marketing, but you may be surprised to learn this deals with more than just how the title sounds or fits the tone of the film.
Sometimes, a title is changed to ensure it is placed higher in listings on video on demand platforms. Because this is done alphabetically, titles are changed to start with a higher letter on the alphabet or even better yet, a number or special character.
They place titles that start with a number above the “A” listed titles. While I cannot confirm this was the reason for the title 2047: Virtual Revolution….. I would take the odds on it.
The movie takes place in 2047, a time when most of the public choose to live in a corporate controlled virtual world, to the point they are a prisoner of it.
Nash, played by Mike Dopud (Deadpool 2, Strange Empire (TV)) is a private investigator hired to track down and put an end to cyber-terrorists who have found a way to free the public from their digital selves.
This story has been done before, the movies Gamer, Her, Sleep Dialer and the “USS Callister” episode of Black Mirror come to mind.
Visually, this is stunning work. The visual effects, lighting and production design is a Blade Runner-esque feast for your eyes. The flying cars and neon glow shimmering off of night cityscapes will make Sci-Fi fans feel at home.
2047: Virtual Revolution is the promising feature debut for Guy-Roger Duvert. Much like a contemporary John Carpenter, Duvert is the writer/director/producer/composer of this movie.
He did a solid job in all areas, though some were better than others. The directing, aesthetic and music are all top quality.
However, while I like this story and the social subtext it provides, the writing could have been better. From early on we hear Nash deliver his voice over narration. It can be a controversial subject but I personally love voice over in movies, but it has to be done right.
The only tell tale sign of voice over that should be left unspoken, is when it is used as exposition. The narration in this movie does exactly that, it is used to explain things to the viewer, the spoken dialogue does this as well….. to the point when Nash even comments on another character’s lengthy monologue.
This line was for comedic effect but it felt like the script commenting on itself. It is a shame that the great visual style of 2047: Virtual Revolution did not carry over into setting up this world and the motivations of the characters.
That being said there are still strong elements of this story that make it a worthwhile escape for fans of the genre.
The metaphor of a mass of people being subjugated by being dialled into forms of entertainment seems…… relevant today. The movie is a blend of these ideas, well made sci-fi set pieces and action scenes.
If that sounds like a recipe for a good time, by all means give 2047: Virtual Revolution a watch. As I alluded to before, the story does not deliver on this premise in the best way, but it is a strong enough concept with momentary stunts and thrills that keep you engaged.
The acting was solid, given what the actors had to work with. Among the cast is a sci-fi regular Jane Badler (V (TV), Mission: Impossible (TV)) and Petra Silander (Dark Web, Hotel del la plage (TV)) as Kate, a salacious avatar that Nash uses to infiltrate the virtual world.
In closing, I have to commend this movie for at very least attempting to do what many great genre films do, they use the enticing storyline as a way to express something about life, sociology or our political climate.
This vision of the future was released on DVD in January 2018 by Wild Eye Releasing, but it lands on video on demand June 12. We may have to wait a while for the virtual version to come out.
Curt Wiser is the Writer/Director of the suspense feature Cam-Girl (which was originally titled Web-Cam). As a filmmaker himself, he is happy to give a kind word about other films and share them with the rest of the world.