I Am Mother – Mother #$@%er, Suckered Again

Rating (2.5 out of 5)

Summary: Why do I do this to myself? I tried another Netflix film, expecting a different result only to be left disappointed again. Optimism coursed through my veins as the movie quickly progresses from the “extinction event”, to embryo to teenager. We were doing so well, but then “I Am Mother” drags from that point until the end. The only highlight of the film can be found in the young actress playing Daughter (Clara Rugaard).

Plot: A robot, Mother, (Rose Byrne voice) grows a child, Daughter from an embryo after the extinction of humans. The robot is her mother and teacher. One day, an outsider from the wastelands a Woman (Hilary Swank) enters their enclosure. Daughter doesn’t know who to believe now.

Detail: SPOILERS BELOW!! The paced hummed to start, which I really appreciated. 15 minutes to setup the premise and introduce the doubt into Daughter. They had me hooked.

Now we introduce the strange Woman at the front door. From here we have a strange balance of tension and boredom. For example, Woman refuses the surgery and tells Daughter about the evil robots. All fine but slow as they show the angst of the daughter trying to understand who is telling the truth. Then, Daughter performs the surgery and that was super cool. The rest of the movie has this dynamic.

The idea of exploring human ethics was interesting. Mother was attempting to bring up more ethical children to populate the world. Woman represents the selfish side of humanity. The only reason Woman helps Daughter escape is because she is lonely.

The move lumbers through this whole section. The problem was simple, I didn’t like Woman and therefore, I didn’t comprehend why Daughter trusted her.

Finally a movie that captures a scenario where the robot spreads its knowledge in a diverse network. The robot isn’t merely one entity or based on one location. Why this should be a big reveal in any science fiction movie today puzzles me. Next leap for a science fiction movie is explore robots that are so small you don’t know they are there.