dir. Matthew Leutwyler
Ever wondered what the SyFy channel version of Ex Machina would look like? Well, look no further, because here is Uncanny! I was genuinely surprised that people in the festival seemed to enjoy this, because I found it so baffling, predictable, cheap, and awkward.
It follows a young journalist Joy (Lucy Griffiths) for a week while she interviews robotics prodigy David Kressen (Mark Webber) and his AI android Adam (David Clayton Rogers). As she learns more about the research being conducted in their lab, she uncovers truths that change her life. Sort of. Maybe? I don’t know. They don’t say what happens to her in the end. The ending is ridiculously predictable, though.
The whole film is just awkward, the look of it is cheap and the characters are very irritating. Especially Mark Webber’s character, who is like a mixture of Sheldon Cooper and Dan Clark from The Item. And the other guy may as well have been a robot in real life for all the range she showed in this film. They just aren’t engaging at all and come off annoying at best and obnoxious at worst.
Also, Rainn Wilson is in this for some reason, and he appears for a total of three minutes, and it’s a complete misuse of Rainn Wilson because he’s great. (Do you want to see a Rainn Wilson film, check out Super, ignore this inane piece of nothing.)
While I did not like it at all, I do feel bad that it came out right after Ex Machina, because it’s not innovative enough to stand out in the aftermath of it, and it will probably fade out into oblivion. Out of all the films I’ve seen this year, this was probably the most disappointing, because the premise was interesting, and they just ruined it with bland camera work, bad acting and a lazy script.
I would not recommend it. Not at all, Just got watch Ex Machina instead. Or any other movie with AI. Just not this one, because it’s just really blah.
review by Mariana Duarte