I Am Mother
Netflix surprises everyone with I Am Mother (2019), its new science fiction movie and one of the best original titles on the platform. It’s the directorial debut of Grant Sputore and features performances by Clara Rugaard, Luke Hawker, Rose Byrne and Hilary Swank.
I Am Mother uses elements of the thriller genre to tell the story of a teenager known as Daughter (Clara Rugaard), the first of a new generation of humans raised by Mother (Rose Byrne), a robot designed to repopulate the Earth after the apocalyptic events that ended humanity’s existence.
It’s a science fiction film that does not depend too much on action scenes, but rather prefers to slowly explore its thematic proposal while generating an atmosphere of tension. The cinematography and direction of I Am Mother is a real delight and announce a promising future for Sputore in the genre.
The strong point of the film is undoubtedly in the acting. Clara Rugaard‘s performance makes viewers accept without hesitation the affection she feels for Mother. The robot’s love for her daughter feels natural thanks to the warm voice of Rose Byrne, which marks an interesting break in opposition to Mother’s suit bearer, Luke Hawker.
Although I Am Mother gives us an experience full of tension, the film fails to surpass similar proposals such as Ex Machina (Alex Garland, 2015). Even so, it’s a great addition to the growing collection of science fiction movies with powerful thematic value.