Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Advantageous

Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Advantageous

Article excerpt

In a dystopian future, Gwen (Jacqueline Kim) must make some difficult choices in order to solidify her daughter Jules' future (Samantha Kim).

Gwen works for the Centre for Advanced Health and Living as their spokesperson, but in a Machiavellian move, is manipulated into undergoing an extremely risky new procedure the company has pioneered. After losing her job due to her age, she is approached by the company and encouraged to undergo a radical rejuvenation procedure which will help her secure her position.

The director does a good job of illustrating the dystopian nature of the world in which Gwen and Jules live. There are casual elements which show that buildings are periodically bombed, children are homeless and being prostituted, and neighbours' cries are frequently heard through the apartment walls. No reason is given for this reality, although environmental issues and the economy are alluded to. Birds-and-the-bees talks between Gwen and Jules include the knowledge that Jules' future will be one of infertility, and at another turn, Gwen is told she can sell her eggs for money despite being older than a regular donor, because infertility is so rampant.

As Gwen gets closer to her procedure, she realises that she will be put into an entirely new body, and prepares her daughter for that reality. A co-worker explains that Gwen's own body will die and that a copy of her memories will be cloned and planted into a host body. …

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