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D-I-M, Deus in Machina (2007)

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A world, as spotless, bleak and cold as its uniform design is not a good place for a dreamer like Lutz. With as much courage as desperation, relying only on his skills and imagination, he ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Winter ...
Lutz
Reinhardt Firchow ...
Jannik
Volker Lippmann ...
Prosecutor
Bernd Voßen ...
Judge 1
Georg Leumer ...
Judge 2
Steffen Will ...
Young Jannik
Nele van Deyk ...
The System (voice)
Gerd Buurmann ...
Mr. Ratzow
Gabriele Blum ...
Mother
Sabine Kämper ...
Interrogator
Christian Heuser ...
Lab Scientist
Mareike Götzinger ...
Clerk at desk
Christopher Pott ...
Forensic Specialist
Maik Evers ...
First policeman
Daniel Raboldt ...
Second policeman
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A world, as spotless, bleak and cold as its uniform design is not a good place for a dreamer like Lutz. With as much courage as desperation, relying only on his skills and imagination, he faces a terrible fate and fights for his personal happy end. At the end of the twenty-first century society has given up on the illusion of happiness for everyone. Another ideal has taken its place. Your usefulness for society has become the measure of all things. Based on it's own rating of the citizens, a dehumanized system distributes goods and services to the inhabitants of it's world. Lutz is not cut out for this. He is a romantic aficionado of nostalgic 2D-films of the twenties century. Instead of paying his dues to society, he prefers to sit in front of his antique DVD player and immerses himself into a world where there is still freedom, adventure and heroism. Soon his romantic inclination gets him kicked out of university and loses him his prestigious enrollment at the institute for neuro -... Written by Axel Ricke

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24 October 2008 (USA)  »

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€48,000 (estimated)
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Good Idea . Bad Computer Graphics
4 March 2014 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

In a world of the future humanity lives under the sterile jackboot of technocracy . A young called Lutz tries to overthrow the system . He knows what the penalty is for his treason - imprisonment in a virtual world where his nightmares will become a reality

I was attracted to this short film because the central idea resembled Orwell's 1984 and wondered if the short could bring something new to the table in a well trod path to a Dystopian future . Not much to be brutally honest and to be fair it's always difficult to bring a new twist to this tale . D.I.M is also let down greatly by computer graphics and green screen that is all too patently computer graphics and green screen . What is interesting is that it's a German film and you'll notice some allegorical turns of phrase and imagery that Germany is ill remembered for . It does also have a very witty dig at the media which I liked , a sort of DEAL OR NO DEAL that instantly reminded me of the DOCTOR WHO story Vengeance On Varos and there is a clever twist at the end that I didn't see coming


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