Starring: Vanessa Kirby (Mills), Thure Lindhardt (Captain Bukes) and David Ajala (Drifter).
In a near future technology-reliant society, a small, elite army unit is helicoptered to a remote, off-the-grid island facility. What starts out as just another training exercise for Captain Bukes (Lindhardt) and his tight-knit squad, descends into a terrifying battle to the death, as the marines discover the island is overrun by an enemy that transcends the human concept of evil. What’s more, they might have a mole among them. At the last possible moment Bukes is forced to accept a civilian observer delegated from one of major sponsors, a digitally modified woman, closer to computers than to humans…will she be an asset or a liability? Or maybe both?
This movie reminded me of a mediocre computer game: the CGI effects were splendid for an evidently small budget, the actors tried their best but the scenario truly could have been better. There were so many plot holes that I hardly know where to start so let me start with the obvious. Lack of helmets. I really don’t understand why some soldiers had them on and some – not. The fact that their commander set the bad example, running in a combat situation without the most basic and the most efficient protection of his head was especially galling. Not to mention that Specialist Mills, a civilian temporarily ’embedded’ into the unit, wasn’t given a helmet either. As I am already speaking about Mills: she went on a two-days mission with just a little backpack where you can fit a bunch of keys, a medium-sized water bottle a super-thin mobile phone and some tissues but nothing more. Curious minds want to know: who carried her tent, sleeping bag and food? After all she was the last-moment addition to the unit…
Ok, let’s leave helmets, provisions, backpacks and move forward. The premise seemed interesting enough as it focused on the said Specialist Mills, a bionic creature with an implant of special brain tissue in her head. Allegedly a big company, seeing her potential, saved her from a life as a cripple when she was just eleven. She was supposed to be torn between her humanity and the fact that she also belonged with cyborgs and computers – I saw it as the main source of much-needed tension. If the director developed that aspect of the movie well I would be willing to forgive him a lot. Unfortunately for a reason or two Mills wasn’t allowed to play a bigger role. As far as I am concerned there were two good scenes with her: first showing the woman as a supervisor of a kind of robotic production line and then when she switched on and talked to a kind of digital cyber warrior. Soon, to my irritation, the Marines had to save her like any damsel in distress which was not a denouement I was counting on.
Not a bad sci-fi movie but also one which could have been much better. I hate it when a film wastes its potential (those blue circles rock btw). Meh.