Set in the near future, the world as we once knew it is in decline. The film begins with an introduction to a couple of characters named K (Geza Rohrig) and Z (Johann Myers), who spend their days roaming around in a truck looking for corpses. They hope they may find objects of worth or alive bodies that can be classed as “fresh meat”. As the characters share dialogue, we understand these two men have seen, heard and experienced many things. They begin to share various memories and stories of other characters with unfortunate fates. All their stories are unfortunate, sad and grim- just like the status of the current world around them.
Undergods is best described as a sci-fi film with intense moments of drama and small thriller aspects. Rather than being one continuous story, the film shares various small stories. All these stories share a common, tragic ending which is expected from the beginning. Opinions on the entire film and each story will vary from viewer to viewer.
Visually, this film is wildly gritty and dark. I love the look of this futuristic world, even though some elements may seem a little simple. For the most part, performances are generally fine, and it’s evident that each actor is strongly committed to bringing the many characters and stories to life. Some characters stand out stronger than others, and some are generally more forgettable, mostly due to the plot, which sadly brings me to my next point.
While some will be enlightened by the many stories here, I struggled to understand this film’s true meaning and the point of it all. Some stories are left open-ended, which I also found rather frustrating. Throughout, we are forced to prepare for a new story and a new character while we are still invested in the previous character. Some stories feel more of a tease or half completed, and some stories have no impact other than just being a sad story with horrible and unsettling outcomes. As the credits rolled down my screen, I felt my time had been somewhat wasted as I found no real satisfying connection or conclusion.
Overall, this might be a real treat if you seek a sci-fi story that attempts to be quite dark with its visuals, humour, and drama. It’s a film that contains various characters and stories that all have one thing in common- tragedy and sad consequences. Some characters throughout are generally interesting, but with no conclusion ever given for the vast majority of them, I found my time, for the most part, to be wasted. I was left questioning the purposes of this film and feeling rather disappointed.