The year is 2054. The place is London transformed by a global viral plague into a shantytown where its denizens struggle to survive.
This is the setting of the dystopian short film BIOPUNK, conceived and directed by Liam Garvo based on the screenplay by Andrew Hamer.
The short is actually a flashback as Resha recounts the fateful day her brother was abducted. It seems mysterious forces are abducting people in New London who are virus-free.
Who is responsible for Kio's kidnapping as well as the rash of abductions that have stricken "New London?"
Will Resha and Kio be reunited? These pivotal questions are left unanswered by design.
The filmmakers produced BIOPUNK as proof-of-concept for a full-length film they intend to make which will explore the world and mysteries introduced in the short in greater depth.
My fingers are crossed for their success, because BIOPUNK is impressive.
The byzantine New London sets look as if they were built from the refuse and remains of a great city long fallen into ruin.
The cinematography is also outstanding.
The kinetic camera angles with shots that follow the characters around corners, down claustrophobic, crowded passageways, and out into almost alien-looking exterior landscapes helps to lend verisimillitude to the world presented by the short.
Last but not least is the outstanding cast including Kristian Nairn (Hodor, Game Of Thrones) as Resha's compassionate employer Bob. The actors' nuanced and compelling performances succeed in selling this dystopian version of a future London forever mutated after emerging from a viral pandemic.
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