Sweatshops of the Future?
Release Date: April 17, 2009
Starring: Leonor Varela, Jacob Viargas,
Luis Fernando Pena, Giovanna
Zacarias, Marius Biegel, and
Genre: Science Fiction
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 90 minutes
Distributor: Maya Entertainment
Director: Alex Rivera
Executive Producer: Guy Naggar and Peter Klimt
Producer: Anthony Bregman
Writer: Alex Rivera and David Riker
Address Comments To:Moctesuma Esperza, Chairman & CEO
1201 West 5th Street, Suite T-210
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 542-4420
Memo meets up with Luz, a writer with whom he begins to fall in love. Using body nodes, she is able to upload her memories with commentary in a futuristic version of a blog that others download for a fee. She uploads her memories with Memo. Later, he discovers this and feels betrayed.
Overarching the personal story is the militaristic Mexican government that has dammed the river in Memo’s hometown and now sells the water by the gallon. Memo’s father held on to the farm as long as he could even with the dam. Through a set of circumstances, a security drone kills Memo’s father; but, in the end, Memo is able to destroy the dam, restoring water to the small village.
SLEEP DEALER is very well made and covers many themes. The story is intriguing and the concept of the virtual sweatshops is unique. The acting is strong and the directing very sure. It hooks you in because the rural world is like our present world, but the city world is a glimpse into a plausible future.
The movie’s theme is that the oppressed sweat shop workers will always be oppressed. They do make good money for the Sleep Dealer but it comes with the price of eventual permanent health damage.
Another theme is the desire for all things virtual and yet the enduring value of what’s “real.” A character comments to Memo that he came from the farm where he actually got to touch something that is real. In the city world, however, even relationships are virtual with the help of the computerized nodes.
There is very little objectionable in this, mostly one scene of depicted sex, which is mixed with memory images from the commingling of people’s computer nodes. There is no mention of God in this future, however, even when talking of life and death issues. Some anti-capitalist themes accompany this humanism, but the movie also expresses solid sentiments in support of family ties.
Science fiction fans may find this movie interesting, but MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution, especially because of the depicted bedroom scene.
SLEEP DEALER is intriguing. The concept of virtual sweatshops is unique. Also, the acting is strong, and the directing very sure. There is very little immoral content in this, except for one depicted bedroom scene, which is mixed with psychedelic memory images from commingling of people’s computer nodes. There is no mention of God, however, even when talking of life and death issues. Some anti-capitalist themes accompany this humanism, but the movie expresses solid sentiments in support of family ties. MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong caution, especially because of the sex scene.