Cyberpunk Review » Maya

May 18, 2009


Movie Review By: Mr. Roboto

Year: 2009

Film by: Ben Zasadzki

Key Cast Members:

  • Maya: Kay Teevan, Amanda Bates, Ashley Pontius, Lucia Correira (Voice)
  • Doctors: Kenni Wright, Daniel Nethery
  • Guards: Barrie Connell, Baikal Librian, Alfredo Cardenoas Flores
  • Degree of Cyberpunk Visuals: High

    Correlation to Cyberpunk Themes: High

    Rating: 7 out of 10

    Maya (final Cut) - Funny videos are here

    Synopsis: With Terminator: Salvation coming this Thursday, it’s time I got my review circuits ready by doing a short review of a short movie, Maya. I found this short while searching for cyberpunk music on YouTube. A vid for a song called “Organics (Slowmotion Mix)” by Evil’s Toy had a link to MetaCafe and Maya. Note: The version embedded and reviewed here is the Final Cut version.

    The film starts out with Maya, decked-out in some near-future laser-tag gear, stalking a structure with some guards. She manages to take out one guard, but winds up getting shot dead, only to awaken back in reality… or what we think is reality. From there, we witness Maya “reawakening” with different outcomes, like a dream within a dream. [Obligatory “Yo, Dawg!” goes here]

    While the philosophical use of VR is nothing new, this piece does make the best of its ten minutes of low-budget cyberpunk. It certainly fills a need for a shot of cyberpunk when you need more than a music video but you don’t have the appetite for a feature-length film.



    Here’s the video that lead me to Maya. Lady-bots and gentle-borgs, I give you German EBM band Evil’s Toy with “Organics (Slowmotion Mix).” Enjoy!


    May 22, 2009

    Another Maya said:

    That was beautiful.

    May 25, 2009

    Anonymous said:

    I loved it. :) “DIE BITCH DIE!!! Fucking Bitch is Dead Hahaha!”

    May 28, 2009

    Adam Daub said:

    Hmmm… that was pretty awful even for no budget standards.

    June 11, 2009

    Impeccable said:

    Hey, neat industrial music find, there. Ya’ll like industrial music? Do you think there’ll be a cyberpunk music section?

    August 21, 2009

    Alex said:

    WAY TO GO!

    November 22, 2009

    Sam said:

    I love amateur films, but this concept doesn’t really present anything new, and the acting is so god damn incredibly bad that I cant even take the dialogue seriously and absorb any of it. If i hear her scream one more time I’m going to scream myself.

    December 7, 2009

    diadem said:

    I think this was shot as part of a course at SAE ( ) in glasgow. The doctor ( kenni ) that does most of the talking was one my my lecturers when I studied there. Funny to see him in this!

    February 22, 2010

    bob said:

    maya i5 h4w7!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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