The bond between mother and daughter is as strong as anything mankind has ever produced. Would that still be the case if the mother in question was artificial?
Mother, voiced delicately by Rose Byrne (“Peter Rabbit“, “X-Men: Apocalypse”), is an android with a Chappie-esq look about her. She is activated when an extinction event takes place, wiping out humanity.
With some 63,000 human embryo’s in a secure facility, Mother must raise them and re-populate the Earth, but first she must learn how, so she starts with Daughter, Clara Rugaard (“Teen Spirit”, “Good Favour”).
Daughter grows up to be everything Mother could ask, but she is inquisitive, and it is this inquisitiveness that leads to her opening the doors to the outside world and allowing a stranger in, Hilary Swank (“Logan Lucky“, “Million Dollar Baby”).
This stranger freaks out when she sees Mother, claiming there are more like her outside and that one of them shot her. This turns Daughter’s world upside down and she questions everything, not knowing who to trust or where to turn. Who is Mother? What does she want? Is this stranger telling the truth?
This Sci-fi is a fantastic watch, keeping me gripped from start to finish. It has elements of this and that thrown in but not in a bad way.
Rugaard, for instance, is fabulous as Daughter, sure, there are a few moments where her naivety pisses you off no-end, but equally there are moments when she reminded me of Ripley in Alien.
The VFX for the droids is great and Byrne gives mother a soothing, calming and genteel voice that is totally at odds with this hulking great robot that stomps about the industrial place they call home.
When Swank arrives, injured and suspicious, the film begins to twist and the shift up a gear as some elements begin to slot into place whilst others become more blurred.
Some of you will guess what’s going on early, there are some clues that even I picked up on, and I’m not usually one for seeing clues in films, but there is still one final, ultimate twist that is a kicker, and then one more for good measure.
Mother and Daughter have a special bond but, at times, you begin to wonder if it is the same bond that’s between a human mother and daughter, or whether it’s more a Stockholm Syndrome type bond.
It’s hard to tell, but it is great writing from Michael Lloyd Green (“After The Storm (Short)”, “The Wall (Short)”) and Director Grant Sputore (“Castaway (TV)”, “Legacy (Short)”), to have you questioning the whole thing.
I Am Mother may not be the most original story, but the setup is fantastic, the way it is told is thrilling and the twists and turns are, in the majority, a surprise and won’t leave you rolling your eyes and tutting loudly.
I Am Mother is available now on Netflix.
7th June 2019
THE QUICK SELL
A teenage girl is raised underground by a kindly robot "Mother" -- designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of humankind. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.