In 2060, things have gone so out of control that humankind has
entrusted the solution of all of Mother Earth's problems to a computer.
The computer soon has come to a conclusion: Humankind's the problem and
soon started eliminating humans.
It's 2070 now, and humankind largely lives in one single city. And to
avoid making the mistakes they've made before, humans aren't allowed to
remember large chunks of their past, and memorabilia are largely
forbidden. Enforcement of the laws to forget falls upon the archivists,
lawmen and -women known for their violence and disregard for everything
other than keeping up law and order. One of the most violent of these
archivists is Benson - but then, while confiscating a music box, a memory
is triggered, a memory that makes him want to remember, and thus he steals
a muscle car to escape the city for a cross country road trip, on which
he's confronted with many odd characters and ideas. But this road trip is
about much more than just a man finding himself but might topple the whole
status quo, so the powers that be send the most brutal of archivists,
Angus (Dale Shumate) after him ...
The Archivist sure is an unusual film: While it takes its
premise from dystopian classics like George Orwell's 1984 and Ray
Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, its visual cues come much more from
1960s spaghetti western and 1970s psychedelic cinema - so do expect rather
than a straight story a triplike narrative that holds social and political
commentary but also plenty of shoot-outs and fistfights, and more than its
fair share of eccentric and/or bizarre characters. And the result is
actually a rather fascinating experience, one that's bound to stay with
you for a while.