Undergods is one of those films set in a dystopian future, in a world displayed in muted colours, and surrounded by fog as if everything’s about to end, and an environment which makes George Orwell’s 1984 look benevolent.
Filmed in Estonia and Serbia, and with hints of Blade Runner but without the technology, it’s a grim future for this population, as K (Johann Myers) and Z (Géza Röhrig) are collecting dead bodies in the street.
Elsewhere, Harry (Ned Dennehy) can’t get into his own flat, and with the building’s management away over the weekend, Ron (Michael Gould) and Ruth (Hayley Carmichael) let him stay in their place over the weekend. I can’t go into too much detail, so suffice to say, that Ron starts to treat Harry like an uninvited guest, however the latter’s behaviour shows that he REALLY outstays his welcome.
Meanwhile, merchant Hans (Eric Godon) is about to complete the business deal of his life, but then daughter Maria (Tanya Reynolds) goes missing, and he needs Johann (Tadhg Murphy) to help him. Later, the characters played by Kate Dickie, Adrian Rawlins and Burn Gorman will be revealed in due course.
In due course, some of these situations will collide, but not in ways I would have imagined. I like films where lots of weird stuff happens, and this is certainly one of those. For the most part, Undergods doesn’t make a whole heap of sense – and films are not always required to do so – but they do come together more than I was expecting.
Undergods is a cult classic in the making, it has a cast full of faces I half-recognise, and I need to watch this again, but sometimes the dialogue is a bit muffled or drowned out by music, so I’d want to watch it with subtitles.
Also, as a child of a particular decade, the ’80s-style synth music is utterly cool as fuck, and has some echoes of Pink Floyd in there. I could go a whole soundtrack album of that.
Now I’m off to buy a digital kettle…
Check out the trailer below:
Running time: 91 minutes
Release date: April 1st 2021
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Director: Chino Moya
Producer: Sophie Venner
Screenplay: Chino Moya
Music: Wojciech Golczewski
K: Johann Myers
Z: Géza Röhrig
Ron: Michael Gould
Ruth: Hayley Carmichael
Harry: Ned Dennehy
Reed the Estate Agent: Simon Manyonda
Octavius The Storyteller: Khalid Abdalla
Horatia The Young Daughter: Maddison Whelan
Hans: Eric Godon
Foreigner: Jan Bijvoet
Maria: Tanya Reynolds
Johann: Tadhg Murphy
Greta The Secretary: Lorraine Hilton
Factory Appraiser: Slavko Labovic
Female supervisor: Katariina Unt
Uros The Guard: Douglas Russell
Sam: Sam Louwyck
Rachel: Kate Dickie
Dominic: Adrian Rawlins
Tim: Burn Gorman
Will: Jonathan Case
Ezequiel the Therapist: Tim Plester
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