That other thread about sci-fi movies got me reminiscing. This TV movie was, I think, the pilot for a series that never got off the ground about 10 or so years ago.
The story is that in the near future, humanity has created a wonder drug that keeps people young, a sort of fountain of youth miracle that lets people either stop aging or age very very slowly. Billions take the drug. However, something about it reacts badly to many of the humans, turning them into what is called Recessives: basically, they look and act like Neanderthals. Big, muscular, stupid, with a sloped forehead, they trash the earth and the other humans who did not take the drug, or ones that are immune to its mutation, retreat back into these fortified cities where they try to go about their lives behind force fields.
I loved the movie. I was able to catch it two or three times before they just stopped showing it. Apparently it sucked, but nobody told me. I hate when that happens.
Does anyone else besides me remember it, like it, or have it? I swear that it could have been a great series if it actually got off the ground. The retreat of humanity behind the walls of their cities seems like something out of a zombie apocalypse, but these Recessives were not completely mindless or slow. Besides, moral quandries for killing zombies are non-existent but these guys were still human. Part of the movie revolved around soldiers who wanted to shoot to kill rather than use non-lethal force because they were still working on a cure.