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Director: Stephen Tolkin
Writers: Alan Bowne (play)
Actors: Moira Kelly, Cuba Gooding Junior, Martha Plimpton
Runtime: 91 minutes
Country: USA

This is an interesting movie. I could say that it is cyberpunk but I am not going to do that. It has some elements of  regular cyberpunk movies. However, it lacks the specific music, the unusual camera and the "depressive effect" that are unavoidable parts of cyberpunk masterpieces.

The plot is post-apocalyptic. The world has been almost destroyed by a disease. This disease was spread because people didn't use protection and because they were "generally crazy" in the 20th century. A totalitarian government decided to take over everything and people are rigorously controlled. Whoever is suspected of having "the disease" is sent to these places that look like abandoned asylums. There is no cure.

Of course, since this movie has cyberpunk in it, there are a group of people who decided to revolt. They are the rebellion, they fight against the totalitarian rule of "whoever is sick will be deported to the abandoned asylums and we don't care what happens next". 

This movie is a good example of how people can actually do wonders if they all join together. It also shows that love can sometimes be stronger than anything, and sometimes it can't. This is not a typical Hollywood fairytale, and the ending is not a "happily ever after". That's what makes this motion picture so excruciating and beautiful at the same time. Moira Kelly and Cuba Gooding Junior did an outstanding job. They have managed to produce characters that are not typically plastic and "action based". Instead, they produced characters that are human. They have feelings, they are not perfect and they are afraid, even though they are trying to rebel.

This is a good movie to watch if you are a person who just began entering the cyberpunk world. It is also a good movie for people who have forgotten the true values of life: freedom, self esteem and equality.  

-Piper Blurred

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