Plain and simple, this is not a very good movie. There are definitely
some good aspects to it that I did appreciate, but right off the bat
there are some glaringly obvious problems that will probably irk you,
so lets get them out of the way quickly.
97 years after the robots have destroyed 8+ billion people and our heroine is walking around in new clothes and makeup like she's just had a makeover. She,(in fact both our leads) are always pristine, its totally ridiculous. She also has a crossbow, arrows, a new canteen, GPS tracker and in fact just seems to magic things from nowhere whenever they are needed. It's preposterous. There are incidents like this throughout the whole movie that continually jerk you from the setting as you wonder how 'this or that' would be 'just so' given the history of events.
Aside from those overtly obvious issues there are many others. The acting is poor, the cast is very small and only John Cusack and Carmen Argenziano are up to the task. The script is terrible, it's corny, stilted, and hackneyed. There is a pointless voice-over that accompanies many scenes with our two leads, but mostly it just describes on screen events. Kronos always knows where they are and has a holo-image of everything they do yet he's having difficulty finding aurora. That our leads continually do stupid things or behave atypically is a given. Much of the music is overdone. There is barely a scene without musical accompaniment and this rather than the acting is what unfortunately conveys most of the mood. This is just a handful of he problems, there's a lot more, but you get the point so I won't go on.
However its not all bad. Though most everything in this endeavour is B-movie standard, the visuals aren't. There is some great cinematography. The scenic shots are great, the sci-fi shots with the mekanoids are also quite impressive, and good shots, angles, and perspective detail throughout... in fact the whole visual portfolio seems to have been carefully planned, structured and executed. Some credit is due here to the camera and visual crew. It's only with the action sequences where shots degenerate to shaky camera action that leaves a lot to be desired. The sci-fi special effects are also pretty good.
The plot is actually a good one, a post apocalyptic one with a lot of promise. Unfortunately it's just been executed poorly and a lot more care and planning needed doing before this went to screen. Some tips from 'The Walking Dead' would not have gone amiss.
I think its main failing is you're never really pulled in into the story because of the distractions and weaknesses. At best you watch, but are on the outskirts of everything happening on screen and never really taken into the tale. Its a sure-fire mistake that marks many self indulgent interests that centre too much on the project rather than the movie as a piece of entertainment from the perspective of the audience. If I had to guess I would say there' an inexperienced director at the helm and maybe a sketchy production crew.
As I've said I think there are some good people involved in this project, but all in all, the movie isn't entertaining and I can't say its worth watching... sadly.
In 2020, Elias van Dorne (John Cusack), CEO of VA Industries, the world's largest robotics company, introduces his most powerful invention--Kronos, a super computer designed to end all wars. When Kronos goes online, it quickly determines that mankind, itself, is the biggest threat to world peace and launches a worldwide robot attack to rid the world of the "infection" of man. Ninety-seven years later, a small band of humans remain alive but on the run from the robot army. A teenage boy, Andrew (Julian Schaffner) and a teenage girl, Calia (Jeannine Wacker), form an unlikely alliance to reach a new world, where it is rumored mankind exists without fear of robot persecution. But does this world actually exist? And will they live long enough to find out?
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