Watch: First Teaser for '2088' - Futuristic Robot Uprising Sci-Fi Indie

November 20, 2012
Source: Vimeo

2088 Teaser

"The Future is Coming." Now, what do we have here? I love coming across anything original in the science fiction genre, and a teaser trailer has recently debuted online for a film called 2088. The project is directed by up-and-comer Steven Ilous, of the VFX house SMI Entertainment. What first started as a "transmedia sci-fi/drama" concept has developed into a feature film, and their first hint as to what's going on is revealed in this short video. It looks to be a futuristic year 2088 world with robots that go on the haywire, potentially shot found footage with an opening tag that says it's from the LAPD's "Non-Human Crimes Division".

Watch the first teaser trailer for Steven Ilous' sci-fi project 2088, from Vimeo (found via Twitch):

The only current plot description/setup (albeit very vague) comes from the film's page on SMI: "To produce, direct and write a transmedia sci-fi/drama property that will entice audiences from all around the world, allowing people to experience this story through multi-platform touch points." 2088 is being written and directed by Steven Ilous, with sound design by Gavin Little of EchoLab. Not much more info is known, but it is a feature film currently being finished. Hopefully we'll see it very soon! You can see even more concept art on the film's official Tumblr or Facebook and follow along from there. We will keep you updated on this one.

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Looks like a Video game.

Chris McDermid on Nov 20, 2012


Agreed. I think they took this one just a little too far down the Uncanny Valley. But I believe they'll catch some of that in the final edits.

Thexn on Nov 20, 2012


I'm all for great effects driven movies as there is nothing wrong with a good popcorn muncher to give you a little escape from reality for an hour or two. But there has to be more substance than just great effects to make a movie interesting. Hopefully the next trailer will have a little bit more to establish the premise of the movie rather than just cool CGI.

Thexn on Nov 20, 2012


Well, I think this is just sort of a tease, almost a demo reel/proof of concept. I would imagine they have a story and much more to this that hasn't been revealed yet. But I get your point. I wish we had more/could see more as well.

Alex Billington on Nov 20, 2012


Am I really supposed to believe that in 2088 we will have robots running around like that, but video surveilliance is still all grainy and low-tech?

Greedo on Nov 20, 2012


It's the fact that they've used the term sci-fi / drama in the description of their project. I'd love to see a new franchise or even a one-off that tries to make something more along the lines of Blade Runner then another Transformers. I am really hoping that these folks are putting together an interesting tale which utilizes CGI to enhance their story rather than a film which is highlighting its use of CGI to bypass having to tell a story. And I agree with you that there might be more to this story which hasn't been revealed yet. I'm looking forward to any further updates you have for this feature. My biggest hope is that 2088 will be closer to something along the lines of Aaron Sims' short film "Archetype" which you covered in February then another Michael Bay impression.

Thexn on Nov 20, 2012


Where's the story? on Nov 20, 2012


kind of a waste of money for a trailer not to show much except a temperamental robot

mandaryn on Nov 20, 2012


looks more like a big budget SyFy channel TV movie. lolz

kash on Nov 20, 2012



Nielsen700 on Nov 20, 2012


Send in the Nightsabers, boomers be on the loose (and if any of you get the reference you earn major nerd points)

Armeetapus16 on Nov 20, 2012


Knight Sabers. But i think the AD Police should still get first crack at it.

Jack Chang on Nov 20, 2012


All the motion graphics were good, I think they through the whole toolbox at those bits. Not sure what else to say.

Carpola on Nov 21, 2012


Wow. Thanks for all 2 shots. Neither of them all that good. Now I know who's films to avoid like the plague in the future.

Kyle Robinson on Nov 21, 2012


That looked cheap. I'm happy that sci-fi is the new thing but unless you are smart with your money like Duncan Jones or Ryan Johnson you need big production value.

Norbert P. Korzus on Nov 21, 2012

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