It presents a new, imaginative – yet at the same time inordinately depressing – slant on the global apocalypse scenario.
Be all that as it may, a Golden Age of human health treatment is confidently expected, with lots of drugs for everyone and being ill no longer an arbitrary prerequisite for scoring some treatment. This is especially so because one of the side effects of the new wonder-drug, Hypochondrion, is that the user ceases to worry about being hopelessly in debt to the banking cartels as a result of having spent all the rent money feeding the latest habit they have seen advertised. It also provides the added comfort of making it easier for people to cast aside all nagging doubts and other impediments such as common sense and believe they are the proud owners of the latest fashionable illness that has become all the rage.
The Consumers are hypnotically predisposed to believe everything they are told by genetically modified politicians and keep electing them for their skill in “reversing the nation’s fortunes”: rendering the most technologically advanced civilisation in history completely bankrupt, a feat hitherto considered impossible.
Other Consumers are even more fortunate: their lives suddenly seem to stretch on interminably even while they are convinced they are going to die at any moment. In fact, they do not actually live longer but they are rendered so miserable that it just seems like it.
Only a handful of people are immune. These are the “Sensibles” who survive the imaginary apocalypse by virtue of never having tried the wonder drug, preferring instead to cover themselves in protective layers of coconut oil and drink powerful antidotes such as fermented yak’s milk.
Much of their adventure centres around the survivors’ efforts to help their stricken fellow humans, mainly by trying to convince them there is nothing really wrong with them. It is an endeavour fraught with danger as the effort induces frightening levels of sarcasm and near-fatal resentment in many of the zombies they try to help.
Watch the movie to find out. You won’t be disappointed although it will give you a headache only remediable by chemotherapy.