E.M.M.A Review: A Pleasant Surprise

The Twilight Zone ended over a half century ago, but fans that love the genre can get their fix with E.M.M.A., a new sci-fi short with plenty of suspense and intrigue.

The film’s strongest element is that each scene allows your mind to wander about the durability and endurance of artificial life. However, under the surface it also lays a story that holds deeper meanings. E.M.M.A poses the unlikely question about what it means to be human and is it only our memories that keep us humane. In a not so distant future, intelligent life is being developed for future use but it might not be adapted in society for years to come.

E.M.M.A written and directed by Stephen Herman is set in what seems to be an unknown location in a secluded part of society. Two scientists: John and Carol; played by Nicholas Wilder and Kristen Carbone, run tests on an off-putting woman selected for humane response, as she is a series two, cyborg. Emma; played by Charlie Gillette, created for human companionship, can recall any recent achievement in current events and history, unlike series one and three, made for warfare and hard labor. Two inquisitive doctors question Emma on her daily knowledge of what she has studied. To Emma, the mind is a small part of the brain, wasted on an area, but our brain has the power to do more.

Memories are old news and only exist in the past, but how much do we rely on our memories. Does it make us that different from intelligent life? Scientists continuously have searched to know about the universe why they are here and what is their purpose.

But scientists seemed to struggle with the inevitable decision to continue to develop what answers already lay in the world.

There was no set demographic for E.M.M.A, but it should appeal to both the younger and older generations, especially fans of the Twilight Zone era. Even though E.M.M.A is a low-budget film, the storyline is more creative with its own uniqueness and it forces viewers to focus more on the story, rather than special effects. As a result, it’s an enjoyable short that’s intrigue far surpasses its running time.

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