REALIVE

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In the near-future, Marc (Hughes) is diagnosed with cancer and has been given one year left to live. He decides to cryogenically preserve his body, leaving behind the love of his life Naomi (Chaplin) and taking some control over his own fate. In 2084, he becomes the first person to be resuscitated from cryopreservation by the Prodigy company’s ‘Lazarus Project’.

The future is not what he expected. People look younger and beautiful, and are no longer ‘slaves to love’ as his caring nurse (Le Bon) tells him. There’s even sex groups. However, Marc soon realises he’s traded everything for ‘an inadequate dream’. Despite the marvels of modern medicine, his body is still in pretty bad shape and he’s stuck inside the hospital, dependant on a machine to keep him alive and barely allowed outside apart from the occasional PR fundraiser, due to the fact his lungs might not handle the future’s atmosphere.

The theme of memory is prevalent – Marc has his uploaded from a chip, and he mulls over his life and his past love and wonders if it was worth it. He finds out Naomi also preserved herself much later in life, in the hope they’d meet again. But would it be ethically right to wake her up and risk her wellbeing? Marc struggles to adapt to the future and his trapped existence, especially when he finds out more about the project he has the ability to save or ruin.

REALIVE is a bold movie, likely to become a modern sci-fi favourite. It’s very reminiscent of Abre Los Ojos (Gil wrote the screenplay for the remake Vanilla Sky). There’s hints of Frankenstein and even last year’s Equals, as humanity, the afterlife and ethics are explored in emotional detail. Definitely one to make you think.

REALIVE / CERT: TBC / DIRECTOR AND SCREENPLAY:  MATEO GIL / STARRING: TOM HUGHES, CHARLOTTE LE BON, OONA CHAPLIN, BARRY WARD, JULIO PERILLAN / RELEASE DATE: TBC
 


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