Saturday 6 January 2024

Foe (2023)

Very slow sci-fi'ish drama set 40 years in the future with a couple of twists which I'm sure everyone will see coming.

Hen and Junior farm a secluded piece of land that has been in Junior's family for generations, but their quiet life is thrown into turmoil when an uninvited stranger shows up at their door telling them that he, and he alone, has been conscripted to do a 2 year tour of duty on earth’s space station thingie looking for a new planet for humans to colonise. Stars Saoirse Ronan, Paul Mescal, Aaron Pierre.

Spoiler Alert - but you’d really see it coming anyway! He's been a robot from the start nearly - headlights turned him on - they do show him going, but it’s all dreamily done so not obvious to the audience (well, the thick people in it). So they make a perfect copy of the person they are taking away (robot) and put them in place of the person they are taking so that even a wife can’t tell the difference. Except that… She falls in love with the robot because he's more like the real him when they first met, not the twot he is now. But then the real one comes back after his tour of duty and she's not happy because she preferred the robot. She then leaves him after getting them to clone her so when the real him comes back she clears off and he gets the robot of her. Spoiler Alert Over

It's an interesting sci-fi concept. It’s quite nicely shot with lots of atmosphere but terribly slow. The two leads do a good job, especially Saoirse.

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