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Release year: 2018
Director: Federico D’Alessandro
Screenwriter: Noga Landau
Starring: Maika Monroe, Ed Skrein, Gary Oldman (voice), Fiston Barek, Ivana Zikovic, Sharon D. Clarke, Ian Virgo
When Julia (Monroe) is captured by Alex (Skrein) to use as experiment, she must use all she has, to escape his futuristic house controlled by the advanced artificial intelligence TAU.
The feature film directorial debut of D’Alessandro leaves promises of a great career for the new director as well as for writer Landau. The story has an old-school feel due to the simplicity of the set-up, the limited set and cast and the AI home system story seen before in Demon Seed (1977) (as well as a Simpson episode inspired by that movie and TV movie Smart House). But D’Alessandro and Landau makes the story fresh and a tight script and direction delivers a gripping story and an intense watching experience as you bite your nails watching Julia trying to survive staying in the house of the arrogant Alex (consequently the name of the man developing the AI in Demon Seed). Both Skrein (Deadpool, 2016) and Monroe (It Follows, 2014) are some of the most promising stars currently available and watching them shine here leaves you feeling, that it can only be moments before they gain the status they deserve. While Monroe makes Julia a modern heroine, making smart choices and with a strong survival instinct, Skrein plays Alex as a genuine creep without you ever being able to put your finger on why. Veteran actor Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, 2011) lends his versatile voice to breathe life into TAU and makes the computer feel as, as much a character as Julia and Alex. Moments of visual beauty and touching moments in between tense scenes of dread makes this movie about humanity a terrific and suspenseful movie wort the while of all sci-fi fans.
In ancient time the Greek letter Tau was used as a symbol for life or resurrection.