Mother/Android: Movie Review

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While it has its own vision on how machines could one day eliminate us humans, "Mother/Android" flops around and goes nowhere with its potentially great idea and premise. For us, the biggest issue is that it really doesn't know what it wants to be - a scifi film, a family drama film, or a post-apocalyptic film - and that lack of cohesion meant that you barely get anything from it especially against its slow two hour runtime.
In the near future, android butlers are now the norm and are serving humans. These androids look so real that it's hard to distinguish one from a real human. It's Chrismas Eve and Georgia (Chloë Grace Moretz) has just found out that she is pregnant. She is reluctant to keep the baby while her boyfriend Sam (Algee Smith) wants to marry her and keep the baby. While the two are still unsure on what they will do, they hear a loud shriek and suddenly, the android butlers begin attacking every human in sight. The two escape and now it is months after the attack. Georgia is about to give birth both must find a way to Boston in the hopes they get on a boat to South Korea to escape the android uprising.
Robots taking over the world isn't a fresh topic nowadays but we have to admit, "Mother/Android" had its own unique takes on how machines will become our overlords in the future. Frustratingly, all of these potentially awesome scifi takes were left on the table. The film doesn't provide any reason for the uprising nor any explanation who or what triggered the uprising. Instead, "Mother/Android" decides to take the story to a more conventional route focusing on its family drama aspect specifically on Georgia's and Sam's struggles to find the best place to give birth. For us, this was handled pretty badly as the relationship between the two just lacked any chemistry and made the extremely slow scenes even burn more slowly. Eventually, the film decides to be push twist after twist near its end. While most of these were legitimate surprises, it was a little bit too late. Our interest for the film's ending has long peaked and most audiences will probably find themselves rolling their eyes as the film tries hard to push a pretty obvious easy out in terms of scifi and dramatic highs.  
Rating: 2 reels

Why you should watch it:
- has an interesting premise on androids and the possible uprising of machines against humans

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- doesn't know if it wants to be a scifi film, a family drama film, or a post-apocalyptic film
- fails to develop on its potentially great premise and idea
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