2-3. Essentially 'Aliens', 'Portal', and 'The Matrix' rolled into one, yet also less than them. It's ultimately less a film about the triumph of the human spirit than it is an anti-technology polemic of sorts. It's kind of made for a generation that sees technology as the new God. Fear seems to be the ultimate intended product of the film. For all the material's thematic potential, it's ultimately simple.
This is about artificial intelligence dominating humans or even becoming parents of them. This movie keeps you guessing & your head spinning; it heightens the tension at & with every turn. It is beautifully shot, convincingly designed and with great performances of both actors, Clara Rugaard & Hillary Swank.
Solid direction, acting and storytelling combine for one heck of an impressive feature debut. Clara Ruggard is perfect as the impressionable Daughter and easily carries the roller-coaster of emotion through her journey. There are a few logic holes like the rat, stuffing a giant gun in the back of your pants but hey, I look forward to seeing what Sputore tackles next. 3.5 stars
Wow! The last 2/3 years of sci-fi have been obsessed with themes/approaches I do not relate to (mostly thrillers and upload-your-loved-one-conscience narratives). The first 15 years of this century were amazing sci-fi years. We had Blomkamp at his best, Primer, Her, Snowpiercer, Moon, V For Vendetta and many more. This, I hope, marks the return to great sci-fi stories in movies. China and India also produce now...