Each passing day we become more in sync with our ever evolving technology. It encompasses every facet of our daily routines and we have slowly become more reliant on it as it has become an almost necessity. There is no telling in which direction we’ll head towards but in the realm of science fiction it tends to be bleak. In films like Blade Runner, Alita: Battle Angel and Ready Player One the future is tech obsessed with little to show in quality of life for the rest of the world. Based on Craig Nova’s 2002 novel, writer/director Jay Craven’s Wetware shows a future dependent on androids but not the typically seen versions built from the ground up. These instead use human subjectswho willingly give themselves over with a form of lobotomy; they are then given genetic upgrades in order to perform their given job with no memory of who they once were.
The film’s plot is a tangled mess of half thought out and anywhere near well executed ideas. It mainly revolves around the programmer Hal, played by Cameron Scoggins (Nashville), who seemingly out of nowhere and for no real reason falls in love with a new patient named Kay, played by Morgan Wolk. Hal being extremely bored inputs a new code into Kay’s programming slowly making her fall in love with him. Unfortunately unbeknownst to both parties is that Kay is scheduled for a new program headlined by Wendell Blaine, played by Jerry O’Connell (Sliders, Stand by Me). Wendell is a generic big brass CEO with greedy intentions and it is still amazing O’Connell would see this as a well thought out venture. The film later throws in a convoluted plot to spread a disease throughout the world starting from Kay; a disease specifically manufactured to only be cured immediately for the profit turnaround.
The story is told at a tedious pace never allowing these bland characters to grow or even allow us to feel an ounce of attachment towards them. The acting comes off mannequin like with no depth and as dark the future seems in most sci-fi films it can’t be any more dreadful than this shlock; a future that also seems obsessed with blue fluorescent lights because they were everywhere… cause you know “the future”.
1 out of 5
Film is available via Prime Video