The Gene Generation: Cyberpunk Movie at Another Hole in the Head Film Festival
The last date listed for The Gene Generation was Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 / 5:00pm.
Hayden Technologies, birthplace of what was supposed to be our greatest scientific breakthrough…Led by doctor Josephine Hayden, my team created a device capable of instantly reconfiguring human DNA. By manipulating genetic code we learned to heal wounds and cure disease all in a matter of seconds. Our miracle device was known as the trans-coder… but even miracles have their cost…” What could cure could just as easily kill.
p. “The ‘accident’ destroyed the atmosphere of Olympia forcing the citizens to flee to the unfinished walls surrounding our city. To gain admission to the walls you had to pass a genetics test. Thus, the emergence of “DNA Hacking” vis a vis “cheap cloning” to qualify them for admission. Private assassins were hired by the government to take out the hackers. In this glowing neon world there are floating plasma monitors mounted along the sides of a flying Chinese junk, roaming the skies of this deadly brave new world… Visuals reminiscent of both Phillip K. Dick and William Burroughs are layered in every scene. Olympia seems to exist somewhere between Bangkok, Blade Runner and Shanghai… With an explosion of rock, howling and a thumping beat from the speakers of the night club we meet Jackie, the gambling addicted brother of the smolderingly hot hacker assassin, Michelle (Bai Ling). Bad debt to the local loan sharks has him in seriously troubled waters.
The surviving scientist from Hayden Technologies needs the trans-coder back. Jackie needs it to pay off his loans. The almost destroyed original inventor, Josephine, would like it back as well… Keep your eyes on the trans-coder glove. As it moves from hand to hand we take a tour of spectacular visuals. This is a film of amazing heart thumping intensity that offers images of film within film. Sounds and sights that delve into future, with glowing neon, seen through clouds of Shinjuku at night. Dreaming of a dangerous future, The Gene Generation takes us along for the ride where we are suspended in glowing plasma. The trans-coder lives in a world that is mechanical and organic… “It’s a uni-directional, biological encoder…” according to the surviving scientist. “It reconfigures a persons DNA in various sequences without the need for a tissue sample… this device could end disease as we know it.” Yin and Yang, the light within the dark, it can heal and can destroy…