A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Dystopian sci-fi explores themes of overreliance on technology, pollution, people living through the internet rather than real life, etc.
Positive Role Models
While there are characters who are on the side of good, no one emerges as a positive role model.
Violence & Scariness
Some peril, as a drone pursues the lead characters, who are hiding from the oppressive technological government that runs the world after environmental collapse. Lead character has a nightmare in which a drone fires electrical charges at him.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The lead character's mother uses a vape, and seems to be addicted.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 2149: The Aftermath (a.k.a. Confinement) is a 2021 dystopian sci-fi movie in which a young man living in an isolation pod must venture out into the outside world. The movie is likely to be too slow for younger kids, but for teens and parents, its messages and comments on people who live more through their computers than in real life should inspire thoughtful discussion. There are some moments of peril, including a scene in which the characters must hide from a drone, and a scene in which the lead character has a nightmare in which a drone hits him with electrical shocks. The lead character's mother vapes. Teens kiss. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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