People live underground to survive a post-apocalyptic world. Sexual acts are frowned upon due to being unsanitary. When a technician and dealer of machines gets a request from a woman who allows him to use her body for experiments in exchange for pleasure, they soon find that they can't stay away from each other.
Like all movies released by One Eyed Films, "Cord" came out of nowhere. It's advertised as an erotic sci-fi and that's not something you come across too often - especially not one as well-crafted as "Cord". Though the movie is only 65 minutes long and feels pretty bare in story, there is a lot that I liked about it.
The story is essentially that the world has gone to shit and people are now living in the post-apocalyptic wasteland that it has bacame (as it always has in science fiction). Society is trying to survive in the underground. Sexual contact is considered dangerous because it's unsanitary and can cause all kinds of harm. We follow a technician and dealer of machines who creates and experiments with strange devices. He is visited by a female sex addict who lets him experiment with devices on her in exchange of pleasure.
There isn't that much more to the story. Their relationship becomes more and more intense and they can't keep it under control. The dealer's creations and sex is used as drugs as a result. The movie doesn't feel like it really moves anywhere, but because it was a short 65 minutes I didn't mind at all. The movie survives on its plot of sex, addiction and experimentation mostly because of how believable the world they have created is.
The movie is often set at the dealer's place where he creates his stuff, but from the lighting to the intense sound effects they definitely create a dirty and intense atmosphere. As needles are pushed into the bodies of the characters, you can hear and feel the pain. For a movie that seems to speak a lot about humans and their needs, it is very important that it speaks to our senses. "Cord" does.
The movie is definitely erotic without being explicit. It's not really about how much it shows, but I still loved the contrast of the hard and dark post-apocalyptic world, with the plot of sex and sexual devices. There is a romance brewing, after all, and what more humane can you ask for in a world that has gone to shit?
"Cord" has flaws. It's not really a very interesting story and I am sure the movie will be quite forgettable as time goes. This might have been made to be a short film but ending up running longer, and thus feeling like a weird mix between the two. But it is important to note that it is very well made and everyone involved has given their all. The sets, sound, acting and lighting is all so much better than the majority of lowbudget sci-fi you find. When the movie is so focused on the human body, I can't ask for much more than feeling the aches and pleasures of the characters when I watch it. It's worth watching for that, even though you might not be awestruck by it overall.