Set in Washington in 2019, the animated thriller “Silver Circle ”imagines an America where gasoline costs $ 150 a gallon and a local bar advertises“ Beer Tuesday $ 90 ”. Such hyperinflation, the film argues, is the direct result of the Federal Reserve abandoning a monetary system based on, say, gold or silver, for a system based on inherently worthless paper.
As envisioned by director / producer Pasha Roberts, a self-proclaimed anarchist, and screenwriter Steven Schwartz, the future is a mixed bag. Marijuana has been legalized, while alternative currencies have been banned. This means that the heroes of the film – who mint their own silver coins, hence the title – are considered criminals.
The real villain in the film is Fed Chairman Victor Brandt (voiced by Peter Berkrot). With his henchman (Victor Shopov), Brandt does not hesitate to beat, shoot, trample or throw in a crematorium reserved for rebels those who do not agree with the application of his policy, or those who are ‘are too interested in the path. government really works.
Talk about hyperinflation. The feverish imagination of the film pales the paranoia of the tea party in comparison.
When Federal Reserve Investigator Jay Nelson (De’Lon Grant) begins digging into an arson that points in the direction of a sexy rebel (Philana Mia), Jay quickly realizes he’s on the wrong side. of Justice. Soon he worked with the rebels, despite the risk of being turned into a charcoal briquette by his boss.
Everything is told in a breathless tone, it could happen here, which makes the film feel more of an agitprop than entertainment.
As for the animation, several critics compared the look of the film, unfavorably, to a low-end video game. In truth, it looks more like one of these Taiwanese viral videos published by Next Media Animation which turns news stories (like the Tiger Woods scandal) into fast-paced, computer-generated cartoons.
Roberts said “Silver Circle,” which took three years to make, was relatively quick and cheap by Hollywood standards. I’m sure he’s right. But you know what they say if you want something quick, cheap and good: choose two.
PG-13. At the Regal Ballston Common. Contains obscenity, drugs, brief sensuality and violence. 90 minutes.