In the dystopian sci-fi short film AIR, catastrophic atmospheric changes have devastated the planet.
The remnants of humanity seek refuge in Securos, an underground complex its builders promise will be indefinitely sustainable.
Unfortunately, after 126 years, the populace of Securos find themselves dealing with a critical depletion of their oxygen supply. In a random "lottery," denizens of the bunker will be chosen to sacrifice themselves in order to reduce the population and slow the depletion of air.
An engineer named Alex (Antonia Thomas) decides to defy the lottery edict. The brave young woman uses her engineering aptitude to seek another solution to her society's dire situation.
Viewers are shown how life in the once plush Securos bunker has deteriorated after serving as humanity's underground ark for over a century.
Society now believes life above is only reserved for God and those deceased. The bunker is ruled by a religious zealot (David Schofield), whose fanaticism doesn't spare his own son, Nick (Tom Riley).
Nick's predicament is what catalyzes Alex into action.
Written by Philip James Booth and directed by Emma Maclennan, AIR is a striking sci-f short film that is at once meditative and precise in its thematic trajectory.
While the short film's main thesis advocates ecological conservancy and warns against the dangers of fundamentalism, it also weaves in a tender coming-of-age story.
AIR is a remarkable sci-fi short film with an unforgettable ending that is both haunting and wistfully, aching beautiful.
The producers of AIR, informed The 7th Matrix that as of Nov. 2, 2018, the short would be temporarily taken offline due to further development opportunities.
We will update the status of the short as additional news becomes available.
In the meantime, enjoy the official trailer for AIR…