07 Mar “2125” by Sean Ian
With “2125”, Sean Ian adds his personal and original contribution to that post-apocalyptic narrative vein, which finds in the genre archetypes the space and the stimulus to interpret current times from a profoundly human perspective. Of course this film does not seem to follow a conventional structure and the director, also interpreter of this work, seems to seek a wider expressive form than the simple story, mixing different languages and tones, which complete the artistic sense of the work. The protagonist, Daniel Hawkins, often turns to the camera, in a kind of video diary that seems to break the fourth wall to mix the boundaries of fiction with those of reality, in a suggestive construction that seems to bring the viewer and the protagonist closer together in an intimate dialogue. And if Daniel is really (perhaps) the last human being left on earth, then we viewers, are in front of a kind of mirror, in which we can observe our own weaknesses, hopes and virtues.
Stylistically, “2125” is a zero-budget film, and therefore clearly shows its aesthetic and visual limitations. Yet, surprisingly, Ian’s talented eye always seems to find a formal beauty in the shots, which often makes us forget the amateur level of technical means. We hope that in the coming years and months this author will be able to wield bigger budgets to make bold works that he surely can afford.