Review of 'I am Mother'

i_am_mother.jpg A future Earth has been decimated by an extinction level event but in a underground bunker a robot, “Mother” (voiced by Rose Byrne), is in charge of protecting the last of the human race - A vast storage facility full of human embryos. Mother grows one the embryos, diligently raising it to be her ethical “Daughter” (Clara Rugaard). Having told the atmosphere outside the bunker is toxic Daughter is surprised to one day find a mouse. Dawning a hazmat suit she attempts to leave the facility via the airlock but finds there a “Woman” (Hilary Swank) with a bad gunshot wound. The Woman warns Daughter that there are many bad robots like Mother outside the bunker. Mother admits that she has lied to keep Daughter safe but what other lies has she kept?

An interesting loss of innocence film with a strong central premise that holds quite little in the way of surprises. If you have watched dystopian films previously you will figure out much of the fairly basic plot in the first few minutes but, having said that, “I am Mother” looks great and it is often genuinely quite chilling as Daughter's eyes are opened to the reality of her situation. It does require you to suspend your disbelief a certain amount but this is not a deep-thinking film but rather a good bit of SF action with great effects.

This film looks great but don't expect Oscar material, just sit back and enjoy a dystopian film done quite well.

Rating: “Really good but I have some issues”

Review Date: 2022-06-11

Directed by: Grant Sputore

Studio: The Penguin Empire

Year: 2019

Length: 113 minutes

Genre: Science Fiction