After a global neurological epidemic survivors exist with no long-term memory, left adrift in a world no one can fully remember.
Like ‘Memento’ en masse, this thought-provoking sci-fi film elegantly imagines a world where our past isn’t there to guide us.
The story of ‘Embers’ begins decades after a world epidemic whose primary symptom is chronic amnesia. With most of the human race shambling across the earth in a constant present, we peer into the lives of those that are left: a predatory young man stalks a path of ceaseless violence; an uninfected scientist who, like Prospero in a ferroconcrete cell, preserves himself and his daughter for a future that may never come; and a pair of young lovers who wander a lapsed city like Adam and Eve. Impeccably designed and thoroughly believable, ‘Embers’ envisions its mass forgetting as a kind of personal apocalypse.
‘Embers’ is science fiction in the largest sense, using free imagination to map the borders of our common humanity.Jonathan Kieran