High Life

Some of the best neo-Luddite films were made in the 1980's, but maybe the best film about the neo-Luddite worldview was made about the 1980's. High Life tells a tale of young men dissatisfied with the rise of the corporate prison system, the dehumanizing reduction of all life to random transactions with machines, and their quest for a meaningful and fulfilling existence in a society determined to deny anyone that right. Although deeply significant in its ability to criticize the bleakness and inhumanity of contemporary pop culture, regardless of how widely it is celebrated, this film remains accessible, enjoyable, and satisfying on many levels, especially to discriminating viewers who share the main characters' distaste for the changes initiated in this tragic decade.

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