Biosphere Unclassified 15+ 106 mins
Spoiler alert: humanity destroyed itself. How will the last two men standing – played by Mark Duplass (The Morning Show; Language Lessons, MIFF 2021) and Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) – ensure the survival of the species?
Billy (Duplass) is the president of the USA, except there … isn’t much left to oversee, given that a terrible incident has presumably wiped out the planet’s entire population. So, now, he spends his days playing Super Mario Bros. in the fishbowl-like complex built for him by Ray (Brown), his scientist best mate and only companion. Surrounded by uncertainty and in such close quarters, something is bound to happen.
Marking the feature directorial debut of Mel Eslyn (who worked as producer on several of the late, great Lynn Shelton’s finest films) and co-written by Duplass, Biosphere is an uproariously funny buddy comedy with a heart of darkness. Debuting to widespread acclaim at Toronto and grounded on the infectious dynamic between its two talented leads, this kooky post-apocalyptic sci-fi will both discombobulate and provoke deep thought.
“An act of daring – we’re waiting for the movie to cop out because most movies do. This one doesn’t, and bravo for that.” – The Playlist