Netflix is quickly becoming the go-to studio/network/whatever-you-wanna-call-it for science fiction as has been proven with their choice of original series and movies. That continues with its upcoming original movie I Am Mother, which has just revealed a brand-new trailer just in time for Mother’s Day.
You’ll have to wait an extra month to actually see the movie, since it will stream on Netflix starting June 7, but if you’re into science fiction, it seems to offer quite a bit, including alternate futures, The Core star Hilary Swank — okay, fine, maybe the two-time Oscar winner hopes people will forget about that 2003 sci-fi dog — but most importantly, a menacing motherly robot, voiced by none other than Rose Byrne (Insidious).
The movie seems to be a showcase for newcomer Clara Rugaard, who recently appeared in Teen Spirit, and first-time feature director Grant Sputore, who I hope to talk to about his film. Rugaard plays a teenage girl named “Daughter” who is raised by a “kindly” robot named “Mother” after the extinction of mankind.
The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to relative acclaim where Swank compared Sputore to no less than Christopher Nolan — he directed Swank in the 2002 thriller Insomnia. That’s pretty high praise even if actors generally say nice things about their directors at Sundance.
I don’t know about you, but this looks like my kind of movie — part 2001: A Space Odyssey, part Saturn 3 (not one of Farrah Fawcett’s better moments, granted) with a tinge of every cool killer robot movie that’s been made. (Then again, if Ruugard is the last human in existence, why would her protector possibly try to kill her?)
Edward Douglas has been writing about movies and other forms of entertainment for over 25 years, so he’s probably older than you.