Tuesday 22 October 2013

Life 2.0

Bullseyes:  ④ (out of 5)

Some documentaries are f***ed up.  Life 2.0 is one of them.  The movie follows the online antics of four sad sap url addicts who while away their wasted lives playing the popular virtual reality game, ‘Second Life’.

Up first is a bored housewife looking for…something.  A recent divorcee from Calgary is happy to give it to her.  And give it to her he does.  Over and over and over… Christ.  I’ve never seen animated sex before but watching these two grind their invisible organs together while moaning in imagined ecstasy is anything but erotic. 

‘Asri’ is a chirpy, well rounded young lassie who rarely sees the sun, trapped as she is in her underground compound building her imaginary fashion empire which – believe it or not – actually makes her money! (Real money!  Over 6 figures some years…).  Asri is the most loveable of the featured subjects, partly because she appears to be genuinely talented and she does at least make the effort to get out of the house and go and meet her avatar alter-ego amigos.

‘Ayya’ is the  wackiest of the bunch.  A 30 something web designer who’s fiancée mopes upstairs in the kitchen while he ignores her in favour of his online imitation which just happens to be – an 11 year old girl…?


In the end Life 2.0 confirms something I have long suspected: we humans are seriously f****d up.

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