ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – J – Singularity (2017) Movie Review

This is under J because of the stars of the movie, John Cusack and Julian Schaffner.

Director: Robert Kouba

Writer: Robert Kouba (Screenplay) Robert Kouba, Sebastian Cepeda (Story)

Starring: Julian Schaffner, John Cusack, Carmen Argenziano, Eileen Grubba, Jeannine Michele Wacker

Plot: Earth 2019, 3/4 of it’s households have a robot. The AI supercomputer, Kronos, considers humans the biggest threat to Earth. A century later, few humans are left. Calia seeks the last human stronghold as does Kronos.

Tagline – Resist. Fight. Unite.

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: This Drags Along

Story: Singularity starts in the year 2020, genius creator Elias Van Dorne (Cusack) unleashes his latest AI Kronos, who goes onto destroy the world, wiping out most of the world’s population in an instant.

97-years-later he releases one of the victims Andrew Davis (Schaffner) into the modern world as Kronos is in search of Aurora, the last known stronghold for mankind. Andrew is led through the world by Calia (Wacker), who has been searching for Aurora for years.

Thoughts on Singularity

Characters – Andrew Davis is just a normal man caring for his mother when the attack happens, he finds himself waking up in the future with the destroyed world around him, somewhere he doesn’t know and must learn to adapt to the new world. Elias Van Dorne is the genius behind the new technology, he has always helped the human race get further and with his next step he knows what he needs to do, with his new technology taking over him, as he looks to destroy humanity. Damien Walsh is the second in command, watching over the destruction the two have called for. Calia is the woman that has survived the world under the AI’s control, she guides Andrew through the world he doesn’t know.

PerformancesThis is a film where the performances are not good, John Cusack looks bored out of his mind, while the younger members Julian Schaffner and Jeannine Michele Wacker try their best only to fall short with the material.

StoryThe story here follows a world where AI has taken over, killing most of the world’s population, nearly a century after the first attack, the AI releases a human in hope of following them to the last know settlement in an attempt to take out the biggest threat. This story should be very interesting, it should keep us engaged throughout the film, only for it to become one of the mostly bland telling techniques not giving us chance to understand any of the twists involved in the story. It just doesn’t get going, after an opening sequence which does feel very interesting, the large time jump doesn’t help, because it isn’t made clear how many more humans are left or anything, it just feels like a mess.

Action/Sci-FiThe action involved is a lot of destruction, which is all CGI heavy, leaving little to the imagination, while the ideas behind the sci-fi side of the film just doesn’t become as important as we would hope.

SettingsThe film just looks like we are running through the countryside for the most part, which is clearly used to save money more than anything.

Special EffectsThe effects are CGI heavy, they could have done with more of a finishing touch in places too.

Scene of the Movie – The first destruction.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Everything after it.

Final Thoughts This is a sci-fi film that does have a good idea, only it falls apart too quickly because the idea is just too big for the budget available for the film.

Overall: Poor Sci-Fi.

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