Warning: ContainS Spoilers
In 2020, Elias van Dorne (John Cusack), CEO of VA Industries, the world’s largest robotics company, introduces his most powerful invention–Kronos, a super computer designed to end all wars. When Kronos goes online, it quickly determines that mankind, itself, is the biggest threat to world peace and launches a worldwide robot attack to rid the world of the “infection” of man. Ninety-seven years later, a small band of humans remain alive but on the run from the robot army. A teenage boy, Andrew (Julian Schaffner) and a teenage girl, Calia (Jeannine Wacker), form an unlikely alliance to reach a new world, where it is rumored mankind exists without fear of robot persecution. But does this world actually exist? And will they live long enough to find out?
If you’re looking for a film that rips off several franchises at once, you should check out Singularity on Netflix. Set 97 years after the apocalypse, humanity is near extinction at the hands of artificial intelligence commanded by a single man. And no, it’s not Skynet. It’s Kronos. You know, that system a lot of retail stores use to track the clock in and out times of their employees as well as job applications? I kid, I kid. Anyways, Kronos is basically a bunch of bots nuking humans.
As in every other science fiction movie ever created, there’s a Utopia somewhere where humans have gathered and live in perfect, peaceful harmony. The evil mastermind behind Kronos, Elias van Dorne, wants to find it and, you guessed it, destroy it. So he sends out a robot with feelings to find it by fooling humans. This robot meets Katniss Everdeen on his journey, and the two fall in love (Still a better love story than Twilight! ;)). Okay, we’ll step back a second. Earlier in the film, the robot, Andrew, finds a necklace with a birdlike creature on it. Then he is saved by Calia, which is basically a straight up copy of Katniss, from her bow and arrows, all the way down to her dress and demeanor. Plug in the fact that it’s post-apocalypse and you’ve got a boy and girl fighting for survival, and you’ve got Hunger Games 2.0. Worse? Later on in the movie, the two defy odds to be together. *cough* Katniss and Peeta. *cough*
My biggest issue with this film, aside from the bad acting (seriously, Cusack is the only good actor, and he basically just stares at screens the entire time), is its lack of originality. Every single scene is reminiscent of other science fiction films. There’s even one that’s more or less ripped straight out of the Matrix. That’s three franchises I’ve mentioned in this review. Much of it feels like regurgitated garbage.
To be fair, the film is rated PG-13 and it definitely feels targeted towards teenagers, with its young adult vibes. It’s centered around the romance, too. I’m guessing its target demographic was teenaged girls, considering how the characters played out. Andrew is, throughout much of the movie, a bit of a wimp, downplaying masculinity in favor of Calia’s strong personality. She does much of the saving, much of the fighting, and much of the kicking ass. That’s not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to films–in fact, it’s quite the opposite–but in this case it’s done so poorly that its laughable and honestly, the cliche way in which they approach the romance side of things makes it rather insulting.
So my final verdict? I wouldn’t recommend this movie to anyone unless I know they like sappy, generic romantic science fiction films. The two genres usually work well together, but in this case they don’t. The movie itself was unexciting and it felt like it went on forever. If it weren’t for my #FrightClub family keeping me going, I might have tuned out.
Oh, and Andrew likes trains.