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Lapsis

  • Fantasy
  • Drama
  • 2020
  • Noah Hutton
  • 108 mins
  • PG

Summary

While struggling to support himself and his sick younger brother, delivery man Ray takes an unusual job in a strange new realm of the gig economy. Fantasy drama, starring Dean Imperial

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

The genres mingle in writer/director Noah Hutton's lo-fi futuristic drama, which eventually morphs into a detective thriller with political overtones. Dean Imperial plays Ray, an underpaid delivery driver with a sick brother, who buys a black market employee ID card that allows him to work out in the wilds, cabling together a network of quantum computers. It's dog-eat-dog, labour-intensive work, with Ray up against robot cablers that can get his pay docked even if he's done the work. As the focus shifts from Ray's fish-out-of-water struggles to the true nature of his false employee name, Lapsis Beeftech, the film reveals itself as a sharp satire on the gig economy and its corporate overlords. Hutton's world-building is convincing, and there's a lovely 1980s flavour to the film's boxy hardware, rickety robots and 8-bit computer graphics. Certain moments don't quite work, but the ideas in play feel prescient, and the low-budget workarounds deserve a round of applause.

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Credits

Cast

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Ray MicelliDean Imperial
AnnaMadeline Wise
JamieBabe Howard
JoIvory Aquino
EricaDora Madison

Crew

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DirectorNoah Hutton

Details

Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing.
Formats
Colour
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