Overdrawn at the Memory Bank
Overdrawn at the Memory Bank is a 1984 Canadian science fiction television film, starring Raul Julia and Linda Griffiths. Based on the 1976 John Varley short story by the same name, the film takes place in a dystopian future where an employee for a conglomerate gets trapped inside the company's computer and ends up affecting the real world. It was co-produced by Canada's RSL Productions in Toronto and New York television station WNET-TV. The film was shot on videotape and pre-sold to small American cable companies to alleviate its expensive budget.
In a future dystopia, Aram Fingal, a programmer working for conglomerate Novicorp, is caught watching Casablanca at his workstation. To rehabilitate him, the company assigns him mandatory prophylactic rehab, where subjects are "doppeled" into wild animals to experience relaxation. Aram is sent into a baboon and is monitored by controller Apollonia James. Aram begins to enjoy his existence until he is threatened by an elephant shaking the tree he is perched on. He activates an escape clause that is supposed to return his mind to his original body. However, during his doppel preparation, a tour of young students had visited the transfer center and one student switched the routing tag on Aram's body. Due to the tag swap, no one can locate his body. Aram's mind must be kept active by storing it in Novicorp's central computer – the HX368 which controls everything from finances to the weather. His mind can only be maintained in such a way for a limited time before it is destroyed.
|keywords||baboon casablanca conflict of interest conglomerate doppeled dystopia falling in love hack humphrey bogart industrial espionage kill majority shareholders open programmer reported to a rival corporation sex change sex change operation share price shareholder simulated reality virtual world walk wild animal workstation|
|theme||dystopian the future|