FINCH (2021) Reviews of Tom Hanks post-apocalypse sci-fi pic

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Finch is a 2021 American science fiction film set on a post-apocalyptic earth, in which a lonely man builds a robot. The latter learns to protect the life of his creator’s beloved dog, learns about life, love, friendship and what it means to be human.

Directed by British-born Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones series; Iron Fist series; Repo Men) from a screenplay co-written by Craig Luck and Ivor Powell.

The movie stars Tom Hanks, Caleb Landry Jones, Lora Martinez-Cunningham, Marie Wagenman, Christopher Farrar, Oscar Avila and Kennedi Butler.

Plot:

Finch (Tom Hanks) is a robotics engineer and one of the few survivors of a cataclysmic solar event that has left the world a wasteland. But Finch, who has been living in an underground bunker for a decade, has built a world of his own that he shares with his dog, Goodyear. He creates a robot (Caleb Landry Jones), to watch over Goodyear when he no longer can.

As the trio embarks on a perilous journey into a desolate American West, Finch strives to show his creation, who names himself Jeff, the joy and wonder of what it means to be alive. Their road trip is paved with both challenges and humour, as it’s as difficult for Finch to goad Jeff and Goodyear to get along as it is for him to manage the dangers of the new world…

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Reviews:

” …it’s basically a three-way cute-off between Finch, Jeff and Goodyear and there are no other humans in the movie, except for the ones Finch remembers in harrowing flashbacks. And weirdly, the menace and danger that you might expect – the people or things that would actually threaten our lovable trio – are simply not there.” The Guardian

“What keeps it all watchable is the integrity Hanks brings even to the folksiest mush. The script lets us know that Finch is a technological wizard with an analog soul […] But Hanks conveys Finch’s regret and encroaching sadness with welcome understatement, and his mix of exasperation and nurturing patience with Jeff is often quite moving.” The Hollywood Reporter

“There is clockwork predictability to Finch, but Hanks elevates the familiar elements with his deeply resonant awards-reel moments. In some ways, it parallels John Hillcoat’s adaptation of The Road (trading the son for a dog), but it is not as relentlessly bleak. It also looks great, thanks to some striking images of wide-open landscapes and blighted urban graveyards, beautifully lensed by cinematographer Jo Willems.” J.B. Spins

“Under the direction of Miguel Sapochnik, who has demonstrated his craft and precision in a raft of television shows, including Game of Thrones, Fringe, and Banshee, the film befits its subject in an entirely engaging manner […] It’s also a road-trip movie with Tom Hanks as your pilot. He doesn’t always fly right, but he has a fantastic sense of direction, and so does Finch.” Screen Anarchy

” …with some stark, beautiful cinematography, another measured, everyman performance by Hanks and a story that manages to boil down the nature of humanity to its absolute essence – our need to protect those we love and cherish – Finch is a captivating, strangely beautiful and mesmeric movie that will gladden the heart even as it tells its story set at the very end of the human age on Earth.” Starburst

“Save for a terrific scene where the clan gets threatened by the presence of another car, Sapochnik falls a little short on suspense. He also could have used a more leisurely first act. Even so, Finch offers the right kind of big-budget cinematic escape to viewers young and old, one that’s as endearingly uplifting and disarming as a devoted good boy’s unconditional company.” Variety

Release date:

Finch will be available for streaming via Apple TV+ on November 5, 2021.

Cast and characters:

Tom Hanks … Finch
Caleb Landry Jones … Jeff
Lora Martinez-Cunningham … Mother (Flashback)
Marie Wagenman … Daughter (Flashback)
Christopher Farrar … Jimmy
Oscar Avila … Truck Driver (Flashback)
Kennedi Butler … Sam

Filming locations:

New Mexico

Technical details:

115 minutes

Trailer:

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Suggested double-bill:

I Am Legend (2007)

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