I Am Mother review: A tale wrapped in oblivion

I Am Mother review: A tale wrapped in oblivion 1

Have I ever done you harm? Says the terrifying futuristic machine as it tries to convince one innocent girl of her own, now shattered reality. Grant Sputore’s directorial debut I Am Mother fuses elements of video games and anime while being set in a post-apocalyptic world where humanity has gone extinct.

The story follows the journey of a girl being raised by a highly intelligent artificial machine in a closeted ship. Affectionately called ‘Daughter’, the girl makes the metal structure her home and the robot her ‘Mother’. That is until there’s a knock on the door and with it comes uncomfortable answers.

I Am Mother’s cast includes a star roster of Hilary Swank, Rose Bryne and Clara Rugaard-Larsen. The actresses are known by their previous roles in popular mainstream Hollywood films like P.S I Love You, X-Men and Teen Spirit respectively.

At first sight, the movie appears to be another thriller coupled with modern visuals. However, the assumption is broken by a beautiful storyline, brilliant acting and vocal performance.

I Am Mother takes it time with unwrapping the story like a theatre actor slowing raising the curtains for the final act.

The relationship dynamic between the girl and her supposed mother goes through numerous shifts which range from bonding love to utter disgust as the story reveals subtle yet bold facts.

Beneath the well-lit ship and outside its metal doors lie secrets. The type that is left undiscovered. The movie at times feels like it’s dragging its way through progression.

However, the satisfying ending to the story arc leaves you wishing you had never found out. Sometimes, ignorance really is bliss.

Watch the trailer for I Am Mother below. Streaming now on Netflix.

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