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2149: The Aftermath

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Slow-paced but thoughtful dystopian sci-fi has peril.

Movie NR 2021 94 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

Eye Opening

I don't know if this film was meant to be a metaphor but if it was then they nailed it. Very similar to what's going on in our world now. Very well done!
age 9+

Good teen and pre-teen movie

Very enjoyable and thought provoking film. What would happen if you were locked in your room and lived there 9 years? We trust governments, but what if they fall apart? Yes, it's a kids film, and the lack of sex, swearing, and violence is relieving.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This is a thoughtful, if slow-paced, dystopian sci-fi movie. 2149: The Aftermath is a movie that depicts a future in which everyone lives an isolated existence living and working entirely through their computers nine years after environmental catastrophe has rendered the outside world uninhabitable. Or, that's what they've been told, anyway. While those expecting a laser blast, shoot-em-up action-science fiction movie will be disappointed, those looking for something a little more introspective will enjoy the story. In some ways, this is reminiscent of the pre-Star Wars science fiction movies of the 1970s that made pointed comments about ecology and humankind's overreliance on technology and a destructive idea of "progress," where the Eden-like scenes in forests are contrasted with the ruins of once-great cities.

In a way, it's refreshing to have a science fiction movie that isn't entirely dependent on violence to make things interesting. It leads the viewer to understand that the story isn't about escaping police drones and such, but instead about trying to reconnect -- with each other, with the world -- in a way that isn't a mediated spectacle. The acting is good enough --as good as any science fiction movie filled with characters constantly yelling "We've got company!" every time a space battle is about to commence. It's a movie that should provoke discussion among older teens and parents about technology and its use and misuse, and how it has the power to both connect and disconnect people.

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