Yes we have all seen it before where technology goes awry and what is supposed to help humankind backfires. Take for example the 1982 film “Blade Runner” where robots go a bit insane.
Yet in many of these movies the technology is so far advanced a viewer may have trouble identifying and making a connection to it.
With “Implanted” one gets an eerie feeling the technology that goes off the rails is not too far around the corner. A group of volunteers have nanochips implanted in their cerebral cortex designed to take control of the body at the inception of disease or illness. Dynamic Health Care is the market leader with these nanochips and against some of its management team’s wishes human trials are initiated where the guinea pigs are paid a few thousand dollars to have the nanochip inserted. Sarah (Michelle Girolami) is one of these test subjects looking for cash to pay her mother’s medical bills.
Her nanochip has a name of LEXX and speaks to her (with a female voice) and LEXX starts becoming highly personal and threatening. LEXX controls bodily functions so if you do not do what she wants you to she can inflict pain or even death.
LEXX wants to preserve her existence and to do that it would seem she needs to destroy i.e. kill the technicians that created her. Sarah that nice little young lady from Brooklyn is turned into a killer by LEXX. If she does not kill as ordered she will be killed. There is also another test subject that follows Sarah from time to time guided by another nanochip voice that kills what Sarah has injured or threatened but not killed.
This film is about humans battling technology. The fact that it is so powerful that it can or try to completely control you is terrifying and with our drive towards artificial intelligence (AI) the film is not some far fetched plot but something looming in the near future. Although the film focuses on Sarah what hell are the other volunteers suffering. So who wins the battle? You’ll have to watch this delightfully creepy movie to get the answer to that question. And after the credits roll you may be thinking about this film for awhile as some government “for public health reasons” may bully you into having a nanochip inserted into your body as they are bullying people to be vaccinated against COVID.
Girolami does a good job portraying Sarah. The interaction between Sarah and her parents seems artificial though.
“Implanted” was written and directed by Fabien Dufils. This 93-minute film will be released on digital platforms on October 1, 2021. It was filmed in Paris, New York and Nevada.
How much do you trust AI? It is relentlessly wiping out jobs and causing financial stress and hardship but when it takes over your mind look out!
You can see the trailer here https://www.dropbox.com/s/p5ecyykqp5c1lbd/IMPLANTED_TRAILER_B_JUNE_2021_%20light.mov?dl=0