In the near future, the company Red Eye uses artificial intelligence to create a contact lens that records sight and replaces memories. When the lead scientist is murdered in her lab, it’s up to her protege Margo (Tommie-Amber Pirie, TV’s Bitten) and a hard boiled detective (Greg Bryk, also in this fest’s Bloodthirsty) to find and stop the allusive and deadly shapeshifter. Like this year’s Blood Quantum, Parallel Minds inserts Indigenous themes and tropes to create an engaging and unique science fiction thriller!
MY TAKE: Another great turn from Greg Bryk in this festival! This is a future story from a Metis perspective, where the AI...slowly becoming cyborg, as if he's a shapeshifter from a traditional Indigenous legend...is also very much a trickster spirit, with a very human origin story. Folktale is woven with science fiction about freedom vs. control...and memory. And does that cyborg trickster ever look cool!
MY TAKE: A superbly executed near future tale where tech (and the government) have become far too invasive to the lives of every day people, especially women. And of course, there's complete lack of privacy...we're just a step away from wandering into the "cages without bars", if we aren't there already.