THE POD GENERATION (2023)
Release Date: [Sundance Film Festival '23]
Genre: Comedy. Romance. SciFi
Studio: Scope Pictures / Quad
"A New York couple wild ride to parenthood using a new tool developed by a tech giant, Pegazus."
OUR MOVIE REVIEW:
The Pod Generation is an ingenious look at a potential future, where technology reigns and the normality of everyday life is taken by corporate power. A powerful commentary about the meaning of parenthood and the stages to get there, this sci-fi drama explores the human condition while playing as a satire for more complex political issues. There’s a lot of meaning behind the message and it’s all the more mesmerizing with Sophie Barthes’ unique vision.
Emilia Clarke and Chiwetel Ejiofor are dynamite casting, as their chemistry flies off the screen and you can feel their pure emotions transpire as the motions of having the baby begin. It’s a fascinating study of what happens if the baby is neither raised for 9 months in a person’s womb or connected physically to another human. From a father/mother connection that is on display here, it’s an interesting view to see although being on the outside perspective, the father spends a majority of the growing period with the baby.
As the relationship between Clarke’s Rachel and Ejiofor's Alvy has its turbulence throughout the pod pregnancy, every emotional transition the two maneuver through gives the characters all the more depth to attach onto to. As the ideas of the future and the ease of childbearing are established early through the act of the pods, it’s an astonishing look at corporate greed over human life - nothing created to improve the human experience comes without a price. The Pod Generation is a misunderstood cinematic experience, it’s meant to stir conversations in every direction but most importantly consider the path carved out for humanity's future.