The people in the proof-of-concept short film Sundays are living in a Matrix-like reality, but this isn’t quite The Matrix. This is a story about people just beginning to realize something is awry with their reality. It’s not only that they may be living in a simulation — it’s also that the world they’re inhabiting is starting to break down.
Here is how director Mischa Rozema and PostPanic Pictures describe Sundays, which was filmed in Mexico City and was made for $50,000 following a successful Kickstarter campaign:
The end of the world seems like a nightmare to Ben. A memory of a past life that doesn’t belong to him. When Ben starts to remember Isabelle, the only love he’s ever known, he realises she’s missing in his life. An existential descent into confusion and the desperate need to find out the truth begins. This reality depicts a stunning, surprising and dark world. A world that is clearly not his.
It’s certainly an interesting start, especially since this breakdown of reality looks like it’s just the beginning. Where do refugees go when reality itself starts collapsing around their ears? This is certainly a short that we’d like to see expanded into a feature film.