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Rule of cool is the order of the day.

Night cityscape with Neon light and Futuristic digital

This is a ridiculous, over-the-top love letter to femme fatale sci-fi tropes. It works if you want it to, and does not work if you need social commentary and exploration of the human condition.

Story-wise, I am in the latter group. A sexy vixen in an improbably skin-tight catsuit, with more cutouts than a lingerie set, clicks her heels through an assassin plot where the twist is that she is the imposter. There is a huge explosion from droid missiles. The second twist is that the first scene was a Virtual Reality (VR) simulator, but (3rd twist) the maniacal plan to kill humanity through asphyxiation somehow comes true. The story is a standard B-movie affair.

But the story is not the point.

The real star is the cool, glitchy, futuristic sci-fi cinematography. Everything is shiny, sexy, and moving at near-light speed. The neon colors are like strobe lights in a space saloon. The barebones story is supported by a great science fiction atmosphere. I found myself wondering how fun a VR game version of the story would be. If I could pull off a sexy, cutout spy guy outfit that teased the viewer as I exaggeratedly got into my car with butterfly doors. That’s the point of Neon Gravity | Metaverse 7. The graphics look expensive and professional, even if I thought I was watching a game cutscene more than a short film.

It is wish fulfillment for certain science fiction fans.

Andrew Joseph Tanner

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