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Index Zero

Index Zero (2014) Movie Poster
UK / Italy  •    •  90m  •    •  Directed by: Lorenzo Sportiello.  •  Starring: Simon Merrells, Ana Ularu, Antonia Liskova, Velislav Pavlov, Mario Draganov, Meto Jovanovski, Alexandra Lopez, Hristo Mitzkov, Mya-Lecia Naylor, Anton Poriazov, Bashar Rahal, George Zlatarev.  •  Music by: Lorenzo Sportiello.
       2035, after a deep global economical crisis, the world that has become extremely cynical and the European Union has closed its borders. Living outside of the Union's borders, Kurt and Eva decide to enter Europa illegally in the hope of providing their unborn child with a better future.


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Image from: Index Zero (2014)
Image from: Index Zero (2014)
Image from: Index Zero (2014)
Image from: Index Zero (2014)
In a post-apocalyptic society people are assigned a number based on their perceived sustainability, the goal is to reach index zero which means a person is fully sustainable, to do so an individual must follow the instructions given by a computer.

This English language Italian sci-fi film uses a futuristic setting to comment on the contemporary subject of illegal immigration. In it an impoverished couple pay a shady man who facilitates their entry into what has become known as the United States of Europe. The method used is crawling into this country my way of an underground tunnel. It's quite an original concept but the scene is dragged out to an unnecessarily long length. It's an early indicator of the problems in this film, as it has some potential in its overall setup but the execution lets it down badly. The story revolves around a couple who are very unengaging, we know nothing of them and the script does not give them anything much to do to allow us to empathise with them. They remain very distant characters and consequently it's very hard caring about their plight. The woman is pregnant but natural pregnancy has been made illegal by the authorities, yet it really is difficult understanding exactly why this is so as its never explained in much detail. Not much of anything is explained really and so it is difficult getting too involved. On the whole, this is a pretty unengaging and ponderously handled film.

Review by Red-Barracuda from the Internet Movie Database.