400 Years From Now You Have To Ask… Are We Worth Saving?
It still amazes me to this day that Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwantan, True Blood) is none other than lifeguard Vinnie from Home and Away. I mean back on that show he was the chubby lovable idiot now he is ripped and a bloody great actor to boot.
So apart from utterly useless trivia about who an actor played years back I am also a bit of a sci-fi nerd and when Chronical: 2067 crossed my table and was billed as a Timey Wimey Post apocalyptic Sci-fi with that young lad from The Road who is all growed up now and Jason Stackhouse. Well that was me interested jumping in with both feet.
Question is, was the water warm enough for me to bathe in its glory? or did I just watch another Janky ass time travel flick that makes not a lick of sense?? Let’s find out with Chronical: 2067…
Director: Seth Larney Writer: Seth Larney
Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ryan Kwanten, Sana’a Shaik
In the not to distant future, more precisely the year 2067, Earth is pretty screwed. An extinction world ending level event has befallen us and the air is so badly polluted that mankind now has to wear oxygen masks when they go outside. We meet Ethan Whyte (Smit-McPhee) a reclusive outsider who might just be the saviour of the world. It turns out the big energy corporation of the movie have recieved a message from the future on their fancy pants time machine. Ethan is catapulted 400 years into the future to find the cure however what he finds could be a whole lot more sinister. Now along with his lifelong friend Jude (Kwanten) they need to figure out how to save our future or if indeed we are worth saving.
Big props to Director Seth Larney and his team here, this film looks a lot bigger than I’m guessing the budget might suggest. I know amazing things can be done with VFX these days but this flick looks gorgeous and epic in all the right places. The plot isn’t exactly reinventing the wheel in terms of originality and it leans heavily into some pretty tropey time travel rules BUT it does this well and never feels like it’s clubbing you over the head… By this I mean that it respects your intelligence.
Kodi Smit-McPhee puts in a good role as usual and for my tastes and brings this really raw fragility to Ethan but once again and this is a regular comment on McPhee from me but he just doesn’t quite get to that top tier I know he can get to.. He is nicely propped up though by a wonderful turn from Kwanten who ever since his True Blood days has done nothing but great things proving again that the Australian actors are second only to the Brits.
shout out to the score of this flick too. Such well chosen themes to accompany the visuals, but in particular massive shout out to the Melbourne Symphonic Orchestra who pop up in a few key scenes and serve to elevate the incredible cinematography in places.
I can see what is going to happen with this movie and that is that people will say “stick it on SYFY”. Chronical: 2067 is better than that and absolutely deserves your time. The time travel is a tad wonky but hey it’s time travel so shut up. I can’t say enough about the VFX and the job Seth Larney has done in essentially creating two vastly different versions of Earth and they both look better than most mega budget Hollywood trash.
A solid 4 out of 5 here for me… you could do a whole lot worse with an indie flick playing in the Sci-Fi genre. Larney… I’m watching you!!!