Release date: 2010
Genre: Sci-Fi | Thriller
My rating: ★★★★
Bottom line: Imagine a world where people have become stupefied by a permanent state of happiness.
I don’t normally do this, but I’m going to quote the short description from IMDB because it’s the perfect way to describe this film in just a couple of words:
“A retro-futuristic steam-punk thriller, about two men in two time periods, whose search for the same grand conspiracy leads them to question their own humanity.”
The main character Jack makes a living by selling drugs (like long-expired prescription pills) to people looking to induce pain and gain relief from their permanent state of happiness. It’s kind of sick, but a really intriguing concept. When Jack starts discovering mysterious tapes created by his dead father, he follows in his father’s footsteps to expose the government conspiracy that created the dystopia that he lives in.