Directed by Grant Sputore
Written by Micheal Lloyd Green, Grant Sputore
Starring Clara Rugaard, Rose Byrne, Hilary Swank
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-fi
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
I watched the trailer for this film almost as soon as it came out, as I do with most films. The title and thumbnail did little to reveal the true nature of the film and I wasn’t particularly interested in it until I actually watched the whole video. The trailer does a good job of showing the viewer that this film definitely has a mysterious aspect to it. The only issue I might add is that it also manages to present the film as a classic AI-takes-over sort of film. The concept itself is not cliche, but at this point its becoming so due to the over-saturation of stories regarding the technopocalypse. As a result I’ve watched many movies that fall under this sub-genre but this film is a particularly interesting presentation of these concepts.
This film shows expository information in a very interesting way that at face value it seems more simple and unimportant than most of it really as the true plot begins to unfold. Things such as time is measured in days, rather than years, this proves to be a key in what is intended the big reveal. This decision is ingenious because when you see that it’s been 13,867 days since the infamous “extinction event” you are not immediately aware of exactly how long that is because we’re used to being presented this information in the more understandable year-based timeframe.
There are a lot of admirable aspects of this film. The acting is good, the visual storytelling is very good and the use of practical effects is present (which itself is amazing). Times like this I find myself a little disappointed that Netflix originals generally don’t include behind-the-scenes featurettes because God! I would love to see how they implemented the practical effects in the production to achieve such smooth yet still robotic movements. (From what I currently understand the character of “Mother” was an actor in a suit, but I’d still like to know the process of learning how to move in the suit and imitate mechanical movements in such a believable manner.)
I also very much enjoyed the story this film is trying to tell. There is a level of moral greyness and ambiguity at times that makes the actions of the characters more unnerving. In the end, some details are left open, but not to the detriment of the film. In the end you leave with more questions that you started with, but in a good way.
The only reason my ultimate score is 90% is because there are some questions that needed to be answered for certain parts of the story to make sense. Whether these parts are ultimately important to the final outcome is up for debate, but I feel the need for some sort of explanation.
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