“2067” is a sci-fi drama set in the year… well, you can probably figure that out. Though some of it actually takes place about 400 years later.
Global fires have wiped-out all plant life, leaving mankind dependent on artificial oxygen in order to breathe and live. Everyone walks around town wearing a mask. (So if the film’s predictions come true, we at least have a head start now on what that will be like.)
Kodi Smit-McPhee (the voice of “ParaNorman”) plays Ethan Whyte. He’s the son of a prolific scientist who died about two decades ago while working on a possible solution to the problem. Ethan’s still angry at his dad, who was a bit of a mad scientist. Ethan’s a simple “worker”, but he’s chosen by “the future” to try to save the human race by traveling forward 400-years and…doing something.
It’s not easy to make a dull time travel movie. But “2067” pulls it off — it epic fashion. The extremely thin, uninspired story stretches for nearly two hours, filled primarily with inane dialogue. Scenes drag on for what feels like centuries. Ethan and his longtime friend (played by Ryan Kwanten) go around in circles in all dimensions. I kept praying for Bill & Ted to show-up and bring this agonizing slow adventure to life.
An overly-dramatic score and poor, soap opera-style acting only adds to the agony.
Writer/director Seth Larney relies on the same flashback scenes (including one a la “Batman”) over and over again. This is either to try to help us make sense of what is/isn’t happening — or he simply didn’t have enough material to fill the film.
By the end, you’ll wish you could travel back in time two hours so you could choose a different movie to watch. Better not to begin this journey altogether.