Archive (2020) Movie Review

ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – J – Archive

Archive is under J because of the character Jules.

Director: Gavin Rothery

Writer: Gavin Rothery (Screenplay)

Starring: Theo James, Stacy Martin, Rhona Mitra, Peter Ferdinando, Lia Williams, Toby Jones

Plot: 2038: George Almore is working on a true human-equivalent AI. His latest prototype is almost ready. This sensitive phase is also the riskiest. Especially as he has a goal that must be hidden at all costs.

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Archive starts as George Almore (James) keeps his work off the radar working on AI machines, with help around his facility. He looks to put the archive of his wife’s Jules (Martin) memory into his latest project. Giving him a chance to have time with her once more after her tragic death.

As George starts to get closer to achieving this work, he will find himself needing to overcome obstacles put in his way. Ones that will see him facing people trying to stop him completing his work.

Thoughts on Archive

Archive is a sci-fi thriller that will look to dive into the mystery of what it is like to have memories placed into an archive. In hopes of extending memories with loved ones once they are gone. This is a smart story that will give the warnings of what it is like to push AI in a direction it isn’t ready for. Showing the consequences of the action used to try and make more of something that has a been lost. All while leading up to a conclusion that will leave you shocked and surprised with the outcome.

This is a thinking sci-fi movie that will see George needing to face people coming from all directions that are searching for the truth from him. As he looks to figure out a way to do the only thing he knows how to move on with his life, to see the next stage of the battle to grieve.

These strong themes of loss, grief and fitting in, will become the backbone of the story we see unfold. When it comes to the performances Theo James brings the high standards carrying the film with his on-edge character. His calming nature with the AI helps build the relationship with them. The strong supporting cast add the characters who will leave George question everything that is going on around him.

Final Thoughts Archive is an interesting sci-fi, offering up plenty of moral questions and a twist you won’t see coming.

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