Delete is a SyFy low budget miniseries now available on Netflix, at time of writing there is no Wikipedia entry for it. The best way to describe it is: Rogue AI sends the world into a panic. Sounds boring, maybe a bit like Die Hard 4? Agreed, the difference is a wonderful focus on hacker culture, and a realistic look at how the US government would deal with such a threat.
It’s the kind of science fiction I love: Hard Core. Allow me to back up, Ghost in the Shell: SAC is a favorite for the same reason, it’s based on currently existing policy and technology. The idea of hard core science fiction is that it exists in a realistic world, asking existential questions rather than the usual “wouldn’t it be cool if,” scenario. The writing and acting is top notch, you may notice a number of actors from Supernatural and of course, Seth Green.
The effects work in this film is another important point; programs like After Effects have made it so low budget films can still contend with blockbusters. I’m a longtime fan of video copilot, a site that teaches said program, and a number of Delete’s effects can be found on video copilot. As an amateur effects artist, I was quite impressed at how immersive the series was, even though I was familiar with the effects. Long story short, what they’ve done on their budget is quite impressive.
It’s free on Netflix, go watch it.