When dipping a toe into the creative waters of fiction, most do so to play out hopes and fears in the realm of the unknown. It’s no surprise that one genre in particular, sci-fi, tends to err toward the fear of how hologram technology will end up shaping our world, taking inspiration from modern developments and imagining extreme consequences as a result.
Rapidly developing ideas mean we no longer have to look hundreds of years away for inspiration. #MarjoriePrime is a prime example of this branch of sci-fi; it’s close enough to be fully relatable, but also distinct enough to have a dystopian, worst-case-scenario vibe. There’s only one problem — it looks extremely familiar.
In the film — based on the Pulitzer Prize nominated play of the same name by Jordan Harrison — an elderly widow, Marjorie, uses special technology to be reunited with her husband. Rather, a hologram of her husband, who died 15 years ago, created through her memories of him. As her interactions become more involved, her family highlight concerns over her fascination with something which isn’t technically “real,” but clearly gives Marjorie peace of mind.
Note that this film is not a 3D movie, however, incorporated in the plot, is a futuristic use of hologram technology. We have no idea how far in the future it will be until such technology actually exists, however it certainly is thought provoking.
You’d be forgiven for thinking Marjorie Prime is a feature-length extension of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror. This isn’t something the film’s marketing campaign is shying away from, either. Now the iconic television show has become somewhat of a marker of quality, the trailer includes a review that explicitly makes reference to it. But could this similarity be the film’s downfall?
For a link to the trailer: https://moviepilot.com/p/marjorie-prime-feature-length-black-mirror/4333481
By Ricky Derisz, writer at CREATORS.CO