Avatars of the Apocalypse – ‘Operation Jane Walk‘
A totally weird, post-apocalyptic excursion through dystopian Manhattan with armed denizens of the grid…
Skip the tour bus: this post-apocalyptic jaunt is the only trek you’ll ever need of the Rotten Apple. ‘Operation Jane Walk‘ appropriates the hallmarks of an angsty action role-playing game – Tom Clancy’s The Division (2016) – set amidst an impoverished, war-torn New York City after a devastating viral pandemic and ongoing urban decay. This intricately rendered joyride examines the city’s history through VR and AR, visiting some lofty landmarks and exchanging small arms fire with ruffians on a cozy, snowy NYC night.
Ricocheting from Stuyvesant Town to the United Nations HQ and down the sordid sewers, a dry-witted tour guide elucidates how NYC was shaped by the Second World War, an evolving economy and the ideological jousting between urban theorists such as Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs.
Between stops, the guide segues into musical interludes and poetic musings, but doesn’t let us forget the need to brandish a weapon for self-defense. The result is a highly imaginative film that interrogates the increasingly thin lines between real and digital domains – but it’s also just an interesting visual tour de force filled with fun historical facts and random observations on art and architecture. Wow and weird! The narrator, Jacob Banigan, even delivers anti-Trump tirades while explaining post-crisis real estate economics. WTF?! Watch below…
Directors: Robin Klengel + Leonhard Müllner
Narrator: Jacob Banigan
Images Tom Clancy’s ‘The Division’ + Vimeo
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