Mother/Android Parent Guide
The film's messy screenplay and structural chaos drag the intriguing premise down like a boat anchor and even fine acting can't save it.
Parent Movie Review
Georgia (Chloë Grace Moretz) and her boyfriend, Sam (Algee Smith) are in a bit of a crisis: Georgia is pregnant. And while the couple try to decide how to deal with this unwanted surprise, the nation’s entire population of android workers override their programming and erupt into violent revolt against their former owners. Pregnant and on the run, Georgia and Sam are trying to make it to Boston, where rumor claims that parents with newborns can get passage to safer countries. But Boston is essentially surrounded by androids, and Georgia’s due date is only getting closer…
Being a man, I can’t exactly speak from experience, but from where I sit, being pregnant seems nightmarish enough without the end of humankind bearing down on you. The rest of the story just adds insult to injury. And there’s plenty of injury to be had because this movie is a bit of a mess. The premise is interesting, but the film lacks some basic structural elements which it desperately needs.
Chloë Grace Moretz is, as usual, giving it all she’s got, making her by far the best part of the movie. That’s lucky, considering she’s on screen roughly 90% of the time. The downside is that no other part of the movie is as good as she is. Apart from the structural issues which make the plot feel haphazard and poorly planned, the dialogue clunks like a peg-legged centipede in a footrace on hardwood. The characters don’t exactly pop either, even with Moretz giving the movie more than it’s worth.
If you haven’t already abandoned any plans to watch the movie, you should be forewarned about the violence and profanity. In all honesty, for a movie of this kind, there isn’t a ton of either, although more than enough to make this a bad choice for movie night with grandma. The violence is also fairly standard, right up until a scene which sees a character’s broken ankles repeatedly and deliberately stomped on. Definitely a bad call for grandma.
This isn’t the worst sci-fi thriller I’ve seen of late, but that’s hardly a ringing endorsement. It still struggles with a messy screenplay which drags the movie down like a boat anchor, and no amount of interesting premise or Chloë Grace Moretz can save that. This is the kind of movie you’d start on a plane and turn off midway through because napping is more interesting. Frankly, staring at the seat back in front of you is less frustrating than this movie can be.Directed by Mattson Tomlin. Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Algee Smith. Running time: 110 minutes. Theatrical release January 7, 2022. Updated January 7, 2022
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Rating & Content Info
Why is Mother/Android rated R? Mother/Android is rated R by the MPAA for violence and language
Violence: People are shot and killed. People are killed in hand-to-hand combat. An individual is strangled. A character is branded. An individual is shown having already broken ankles brutally stomped upon.
Sexual Content: None.
Profanity: There are 24 uses of sexual expletives, 14 uses of scatological terms, and infrequent uses of mild cursing and terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adult characters are seen drinking socially and smoking.
Page last updated January 7, 2022
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Raising children is difficult at the best of times, and nearly impossible during the end of the world. Other tales of parenting through the apocalypse include Light of my Life, The Road, I Am Legend, Children of Men, Greenland, 2012, A Quiet Place, Night Raiders, and Shadow in the Cloud, which also stars Chloë Grace Moretz. Other films about artificial intelligence run amok include Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2049, Alien, I, Robot, Ex Machina, Outside the Wire, Zone 414, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the Terminator franchise.