Grant Sputore’s indie sci-fi film I Am Mother, which opened at the Sundance 2019 Film Festival to positive reviews, is now available to stream on Netflix. The film marks Sputore feature-length directional debut, who has now turned to mainstream cinema after a successful career helming knockout TV movies and shows, including Castaway and 3 Acts of A Murder. Sputore’s shift to the big-screen has rather been an unwavering, resolute affair. His film pulls from every sci-fi trope in the bag, but only to meticulously craft an intelligent, twisty narrative. However, although I Am Mother makes for a fascinating watch, there is no denying that a few implementational loopholes plague it with rawness. The film could have delivered more perceptible stakes for its high ambitions had there been some thorough refinement. I am mother review Rose Byrne Clara Rugaard
Grant Sputore Gives A Fresh ‘Soapy’ Spin To Conventional Sci-Fis
Sputore’s I Am Mother captures the conventional ‘fictional AI gone rogue’ premise with much quirky enthusiasm. There is an ambitious attempt to soapify human vs. cyber nurturing. But the plot continually switches between its one to many twists and turns, consequently diluting a maximum watchable impact. Mother, the film’s title character who hails from AI’s Bad-Bot bracket, develops a packet of human embryo into a human baby in her microwave womb. The consequences of this cyber pregnancy cause Mother to bear a girl, whom she affectionately calls daughter. Like every other mom in the world, Mother too seemingly prioritizes the security of her child. But she clearly has her own way of raising her child.
Related: The Expanse Takes Over From X-Files As The Best Ever Sci-Fi Series In The History Of Television
Netflix I Am Mother Plot: An Unrestricted Chilling Sci-fi With Surprisingly Emotional Metas
As Mother nurtures her baby, she soon develops into a young woman played by the magnificent Clara Rugaard. Rugaard’s Daughter is understandably curious. After all, a robot had raised her in an underground safe-space, where she has truly never witnessed the overground post-apocalyptic zone. Daughter’s curiosity drives her to don a biohazard suit and venture out into the dangerously contaminated zones of the Earth. But before Daughter can step out, a person calling for help interrupts her adventure. A highly unkempt Hilary Swank seeks Rugaard’s help, and as Rugaard rescues her, Swank’s character steps into the Mother-Daughter duo’s akin-to-home laboratory-cum-bunker. Quite expectedly, Swank’s Woman brings news for Rugaard’s Daugther. Mother hasn’t really always been honest, and now she must answer the Woman’s accusations of android involvement in human extinction.
As Mother, Daughter and Woman amalgamate claustrophobically in the underground bunker, a thrilling sci-fi cat-and-mouse chase follows. The woman vs woman action exhibits striking resemblance to episodes on BBC’s Killing Eve. Although, in I Am Mother, the action is much more derivate, and often misplaced. As a few of the titular characters break out into the overworld wastelands, the story grips again. And this time, with much more ambition. Towards its eventual wrap-up, I Am Mother skips cliff-hangers for the sake of a central, thought-invoking message. I Am Mother on Netflix culminates on a note of sincere scientific objectivity. There are no conundrums, just significant questions that summon the moral implications of technology and cyber development to question. I am mother review
The Performances: Clara Rugaard, Rose Byrne, And Hilary Swank
Grant Sputore had only allowed for limited actors to star in his indie film. But even with 2 humans and one robot in the centre, there was always enough thrill and excitement. Rose Byrne calmly voices the cyber-tigress of a mother. Her pacific tone is eerily enjoyable, and it uplifts the story to an alarmingly frightening level. Clara Rugaard’s inquisitive Daughter harbours a trembling curiosity that allows for the story’s intrigue to resonate well with the audience. Hilary Swank fuels the narrative with a much-needed sense of energy. Her presence effectively breaches the dreadful tranquillity of the underground bunker, which propels a mystery drama into a passionate sci-fi haven. Rose Byrne, I AM mother Review