By: Vernon Nickerson
“Is it possible to force people into freedom? And if it is, should it be done?” This is the question posed by Nash, the anti-hero of Writer/Director Guy-Roger Duvert’s film, “Virtual Revolution”. Wonderfully complicating matters, the audience is masterfully taken on a sci-fi action adventure in parallel worlds to help viewers make up their own minds about the question.
First, Duvert introduces us to his story via a virtual fantasy adventure world ( or “verse”) perfectly matched with a lush soundtrack. Next, just when we’ve fully engaged in the fantasy, our antihero awakens in a Blade Runner-esque version of Paris in 2047. Duvert’s story capably negotiates between competing realities with a strong cast of supporting actors led by actor Maximilien Poullein as Nash’s friendly neighborhood computer hacker Morel and veteran actor Jane Badler as corporate “fixer” Dina. Sci-fi fans may remember Badler’s standout role as the chief villainess in the mid-1980’s miniseries “V.
Will we someday replace our current hi-tech low-touch society with and all-tech no-touch culture? I don’t know, but I think that as long as we continue to create art in communities and value communities over technology, we will be all right. In the meantime, I strongly encourage you to allow yourself an exciting and thought-provoking summertime diversion by being swept up into the drama and suspense of Virtual Revolution.
Virtual Revolution had it’s world premiere at the 2016 Dances with Films Festival to great acclaim.
Virtual Revolution 1 hr 40 min
Director: Guy-Roger Duvert