Friday, July 29, 2011

Post apocalyptic surf movie?

Given the environmental and financial disasters of the last few years, could this be a concept whose time has come? Welcome to Year 0000.

To reference "the future", the filmmakers appear to have stepped back to a late 70's post-apocalyptic vision: the perennial underground classic "Mad Max/Road Warrior" films. Desert roads, Dodge Chargers, peroxide babes, perhaps half-attired in torn football gear?

All of which raises the question: is "the future" a place now fully dependent on visions located in the past? Is this because all our formerly expansive visions of the frontier have at last fully expired? Now that the Western paradise is fully paved, Kerouac has been frog-marched out of the Wal-Mart, and Nasa is staring down into its freshly-dug grave, have the outer limits permanently shrunk to the small glowing rectangle displaying our Facebook wall?

Might as well celebrate the future from the peak oil era, when the relics of the present projected into the future featured gas-guzzling rebel cars, feral kids, punk and graffiti, a time before we beat a hasty retreat to our own personal green zones, fucking and fighting cowardly, via remote control.

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