Georgia and her boyfriend Sam go on a treacherous journey to escape their country, which is caught in an unexpected war with artificial intelligence. Days away from the arrival of their first child, the couple must face No Man’s Land, a stronghold of the android uprising, in hopes of reaching safety. – From IMDB
Post apocalyptic films, especially those that involve robots are a dime a dozen. So this film really had to pull something special out of the bag in order for it to stand out. Unfortunately, it didn’t. Outside of the amazing acting from it’s two leads, this film was just very average in every way.
All the tropes used in this film have been done before, and been done better. Chloe Grace Moretz plays a young, soon to be mother, who right before the apocalypse started, was questioning whether she wanted the baby, or stay with her current boyfriend Sam. But obviously the impending robotic apocalypse kind of solves that problem for her. And they have to sneak across country to get to Boston where they can safely have their baby. This story has elements of Terminator, Bird Box, A Quiet Place, and 28 Days Later. But in my opinion, doesn’t hit the mark quite like they did. Instead it comes off as a cheap imitation.
The whole thing is also predictable as hell. You know how the story is going to play out from one minute to the next from the moment you see the opening shot. And there is really nothing keeping the story propelling forward other than a slight sense of tension and expectation. You are waiting for Georgia to have her baby, and you know it will happen at the most inappropriate time, so you are just waiting for that the entire film. And it takes it’s damn sweet time coming.
Which also means that all the action packed, pulse pounding and oddly the most emotional scenes, don’t happen until the eleventh hour. Right at the last moment they try and cram everything into the third act, meaning that while the majority of the film feels slow, and plods along, the last act feels over stuffed and rushed. The pacing for this is all over the damn place. The androids in question seem to alternate between acting almost zombie like, to being highly sophisticated and intelligent beings, depending on what the scene calls for, and it was frustrating that they couldn’t seem to make up their minds.
It’s only saving grace is it’s absolutely fantastic performance from it’s two lead actors. Chloë Grace Moretz, who I will admit, I am not usually a massive fan of, absolutely knocks it out of the park. Her character isn’t always the most likeable, especially at the beginning, in the pre-apocalypse world. But by the end you feel for her so deeply with the situation she finds herself in. She grows up a lot throughout the film and its a startling change to watch. Algee Smith plays her boyfriend Sam and delivers just as solid a performance. And thank god, because without these two, this film would have bombed so hard.
It’s nothing you haven’t seen before, and not done well enough for me to recommend you have to see it. If you like apocalyptic story sure, check it out. Otherwise, give this one a miss.