‘Landscape With Invisible Hand’ Sundance Review: Aliens Are Humanity’s Economic Overlords In Cory Finley Pic
25.01.2023 - 02:37
Landscape with Invisible Hand is a unique story of survival under economic occupation of the Vuvv, an extraterrestrial race who aim to dominate humanity in every way except violence. Written and directed by Cory Finley (Bad Education, Thoroughbreds), the innovative, poignant film explores how humanity might handle an Earth-altering alien occupation and the resulting clash between class and commerce.
Based on the book by M.T. Anderson, the film starts with a series of drawings and paintings created by Adam Campbell (Asante Blackk). His art documents how times have changed over a 10-year period from when he began drawing until he turned 17 in 2036. It depicts life before and during the alien invasion by the Vuvv, who are described as gooey, four-legged, box-shaped aliens with hard, padded limbs that they use as a way to communicate. The rich sold out the community by buying into the idea of technological advancement that resulted in loss of human jobs, obsolete education, food shortages and poverty.
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In school, Campbell meets Chloe (Kylie Rogers), whose family is homeless, and because he has a crush on her, Adam invites her and her family to stay at his house without asking his mother Mrs. Campbell (Tiffany Haddish).
The new living arrangements are awkward for everyone, particularly Chloe’s prideful father (Josh Hamilton) and bitter older brother (Michael Gandolfini), but the young couple come up with a way to make money by livestreaming their romance to the aliens who live on floating cities in the sky. Once the relationship breaks down, the teenagers are informed they are being sued for faking their romance. Mrs. Campbell has to meet with a high-powered Vuvv
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