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Wheel, The

Wheel, The (2017) Movie Poster
Australia  •    •  85m  •    •  Directed by: Dee McLachlan.  •  Starring: David Arquette, Jackson Gallagher, Kendal Rae, Belinda McClory, Christopher Kirby, Ben Steel, Victoria Liu, Edwina Royce, Matthew Connell, Eliza D'Souza, Anna Burgess, Matt Callan, Michael Shanahan.  •  Music by: Grant McLachlan.
Sometime in the near future, paraplegic prison inmate Matt Mills meets ''The Board'' of Satoshi-Telefair Industries, who thank him for joining the Program. Under pressure and with a promise to make him walk again, Mills agrees to volunteer. He is injected with a synthetic nanomaterial and suffocated, only to wake up with restored use of his legs, yet alone in a steel cell in the first spoke of an experimental apparatus - The Wheel. A series of assailants inflict a multitude of damage to Mills' body and torment his mind, yet the synthetic nanomaterial not only restores his damaged organs, it re-engineers his strength. The experiment might be designed to kill, but Mills is determined to survive - and get back to his daughter before The Board finds her first.


The movie itself doesn't meet many film-making standards nor hasn't in-depth story, generally based on the important subject of technologyscience misuse which is rapidly getting more present in everyday life. Some of implied global catastrophic scenarios are making a climate change old, weary and not immediate; unlike bio-technology, polymer pollution, techno-totalitarism, etc. The story basically does a shallow dive into some of latter disaster scenarios. Combining misuse of bio and nano technology with corporate dystopian surveillance. That's what actually drove me through the movie, beside (some of) esthetics. With the great significance of those catastrophic scenarios, it really could do a better job, leaving us (after medium action) with very unfinished ending, "unchecked" science, unanswered questions and very thin characters and story. Not to mention other film-making goals that are not met. They really should have done a better job with obviously enough budget (judged by casting, effects, etc.) because those catastrophic subjects are of global great importance to us all.

Review by Dusan_Indjic-Luigi from the Internet Movie Database.