Before and After the Inevitable Human-Clone War in Jim
Despairing that cancer took his wife before she could fulfill her dream of having a child, Jim (Dan Illian), an unemployed project manager, turns to a biotech firm that promises to use her frozen eggs to build a child with enhanced attributes of the sort that will lead it to worldly success. Meanwhile, in the distant future, a human clone (Abigail Savage) designed for maintenance work is struggling to understand the memories its having of a despondent 20th-century man and his beautiful wife (Vanessa Morris-Burke), even as it attempts to elude a mysterious power figure (Michael Strelow) with a special interest in those memories. For his impressively ambitious debut feature, writer-director Jeremy Morris-Burke has designed a storytelling structure in which Jims present-day search for a job is intercut with flashbacks of his marriage, which in turn lead to flash-forwards to a time when Earth has been largely abandoned after a human-clone war. Thats a lot of plot for a first-timer with a small budget, and though one senses that the movie in Morris-Burkes head makes more sense than the movie onscreen, his technical virtuosity and thematic ambition mark him as a filmmaker of promise.
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