PLOT – Earth has been conquered by robots from a distant galaxy. survivors are confined to their houses and must wear electronic implants, risking incineration by robot sentries if they venture outside.
REVIEW Ok, so this film was made for just over 20 million pounds, stars Sir Ben Kinsgley (He of Thunderbirds, Bloodrayne and The Love Guru) Gillian Anderson (The X-Files and er… The X-Files), it also stars Milo Parker (Mr. Holmes and literally nothing else). And its shot in “Wales”, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland.
So how comes its so good?
Literally, this film is the love child of The Goonies, both Terminator films and a little sprinkling of old school Doctor Who. (Gotta love a gravel quarry.) And how can you hate a film that has a Spitfire in the finale?
This is the type of film that I didn’t think get made any more. It’s a film for children, but it’s not a film where the the villains are cartoon characters, nor is it a film where the violence is slapstick.
Also, the robots themselves look as good as the budget will allow. Which is to say a hell of a lot better than Terminator Genysis, as the different types of robot have a clear purpose, with Mediator being one of the creepiest robots I’ve seen in a long time. The dialogue seems naturalistic and it’s clear that a of of time and love have gone into creating this world.
I’m not going to claim that this film is perfect. At times, the budget is painfully obvious and to say that the acting quality is variable is understating it. (Although not from Mr. Parker.) Also, the end game of the robots seems a bit confusing to say the least.
But, this is one of the better films I’ve seen this summer and I enjoyed it’s look, tone, feel, enthusiasm and the feelings that this is an 80’s film just being made a few years late.
My Rating- SEE IT