A common theme in science fiction is the loss of humanity. Technology has made life easier, but at what cost? It may seem like taking things to the extreme, but the question is more relevant now than ever. LX 2048 has this trope and more. Clones and pharmaceuticals are an everyday part of life, virtual reality is just a thing people use, and in person interactions are not the normal way of doing things. Despite the familiarity, the movie can be very engaging.
The movie is set in a world (in the year 2048) where few people go out during the day due to the deadly effects of the sun. LX 2048 is about a man named Adam. He still goes to an office to work during the day. He prefers to do things in person. He is also dying. LX 2048 is bolstered by strong performances. James D’Arcy does a wonderful job in the lead role. More than anything else, Adam is desperate. D’Arcy gets this feeling of desperation across throughout the entire film. He helps the movie crossover from typical sci fi to personal story.
The plot throws a lot of interesting ideas at the audience. For example, the government has an interesting program that revolves around the dwindling population. If a family has three kids and one parent dies during the childhood years, the surviving spouse is issued a clone of their deceased husband or wife. It is a neat idea that adds drama to the movie.
This is mixed in with a few too many formulaic ideas. There is a Big Brother aspect to the government and there are questions involving love and clones. The dialogue is also uneven with some lines sounding like a B action movie. LX 2048 manages to get past these hurdles by revisiting Adam’s personal life. The movie is as much a domestic drama as it is a sci fiction movie. It is a tweak to the genre that makes things that much more intriguing.
It can be hard to do new things in a genre that has so many expectations. LX 2048 makes a seemingly small change that makes a world of difference. The film is not perfect, but this science fiction flavored family drama is worth your time.