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With her remote community face the real threat of starvation, Zuru heads out into the infinite city in search of food. Endless tunnels and passageways stretch out in every direction, deserted and desolate. Safeguards monitor the surroundings, checking for threats. The city is willing and able to defend itself.

Set in the distant future, the infinite city grows and adapts, maintained by automated machines and processes. The Net Terminal Gene once enabled humanity to control the city and live a carefree existence, but that has long been lost.

Zuru’s tiny community exists within a blind spot of the Safeguard, but that can’t last forever. Dwindling food supplies and a desire to create a better life drive them to take drastic measures, but the Safeguard is ready and waiting. A mysterious wanderer rescues Zuru and offers hope for the future.

So, this is a dark and gritty science fiction story focusing on man versus machine. The concept isn’t exactly new, but the execution is excellent. I was instantly sucked into this terrible world. The animation is incredible and the scale of the city is unbelievable.

The writing was great. We are thrown straight into the action and left to work out what is happening on our own. I hate it when the story is revealed through exposition or internal monologues. It comes back to the old adage of ‘show, don’t tell’.

I find stories to be far more powerful if you see it happen. It’s easier to symphyses with a character when you’ve seen what they have to deal with. Don’t tell me that a character is struggling with some aspect of life, show me. Show me the consequences of their actions. Ironically, great storytelling is not telling.

My only criticism is that this is only a film. I wanted more. Much more.

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