MOTHER/ANDROID on Hulu (and on Netflix outside the US from January) is a new sci-fi movie. It starts out well but ends on a slower note. Essentially, it feels like two movies in one. It’s good but could have been better. Read our full Mother/Android movie review here!

MOTHER/ANDROID on Hulu (in the US and on Netflix everywhere else from January 7, 2022) is a new sci-fi movie. It starts out well as a thriller but ends on a slower note as more of a drama. Don’t get me wrong, I think it was a good movie.

I felt like I was watching two different movies set in the same world and with the same cast. Just in two different genres and paces. It was still very entertaining (and heartbreaking), but I can’t help but think that as one coherent movie, it would have been better.

Continue reading our Mother/Android movie review below.

You can watch it on Hulu in the US from December 17, 2021, and on Netflix in all other countries from January 7, 2022.

Androids are taking over the world

We’ve seen the plot of androids taking over the world before. Sometimes they’re referred to as AIs, robots, or simply Terminators. When Mother/Android begins, the Androids are in virtually every household as maids or butlers.

In other words, we’ve let them into our homes and allowed them to come close. So, when a loud alarm starts blearing from every online device, it’s easy to activate an army. The solution is to use EMP’s to wipe out all electronic devices.

This includes the Androids but it also includes every other device we’ve grown accustomed to. And let’s just say that the Androids seem to have anticipated this whole situation better than us humans. After all, this is their plan playing out.

I absolutely loved this simple premise, which is perfect for setting the tone of the entire movie. Humans are no longer at the top of the food chain. Or anything else for that matter.

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Chloë Grace Moretz in the title role

It’s no spoiler to say that Chloë Grace Moretz plays the title role in Mother/Android. Well, one of them anyway. And since she’s a pregnant woman trying to survive the Android-induced apocalypse, I think you can figure out which one.

I’ve been a longtime fan of Chloë Grace Moretz and am always ready to watch any movie with her in the cast. Fortunately for me, she tends to do quite a lot of genre films. Most recently, she did Shadow in the Cloud (2020) which is also a sci-fi movie. In fact, that one has quite a few things in common with Mother/Android.

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The boyfriend of Georgia (Chloë Grace Moretz) is Sam and he’s portrayed by Algee Smith, who does an excellent job. He tries so hard to get everything right but does tend to make a few errors along the way. His intentions are always good, though. You might know Algee Smith from Judas and the Black Messiah.

Later in the movie, Raúl Castillo appears in a key role. Raúl Castillo is another actor that I enjoy watching and I’m happy to see him in all kinds of roles these years. Recently, he was in both Army of the Dead and Night Teeth.

Watch Mother/Android on Hulu now (or Netflix later if you’re outside the US)

Mattson Tomlin is the writer and director of Mother/Android which is called a feature film debut. However, he did also direct the 2012 movie Solomon Grundy (1 hour and 15 minutes) starring the awesome Neville Archambault in the title role. That particular movie was based on his own short film from 2009.

In any case, he has been writing on quite a few interesting projects. Including the 2020 Netflix movie Project Power (read our review here) and assisting on the upcoming 2022 The Batman. He is no longer credited for the latter on IMDb (though he very recently was). It’s still on his Wikipedia page, so who knows what’s going on there.

For me, Mother/Android was a solid movie in many ways. Mostly, however, it felt like two very interesting movies in one. First, there’s the sci-fi thriller element focusing on the androids trying to kill all humans. Then it’s a drama about how a mother can best protect her baby in this dangerous world.

Both are good, but in the same movie, it feels a bit off. Still, I definitely did enjoy watching it.

MOTHER/ANDROID premieres on Hulu in the US on December 17, 2021. From January 7, 2022, the movie will be out on Netflix in all other countries.

Details

Director: Mattson Tomlin
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Algee Smith, Raul Castillo

Plot

Set in the near future, “Mother/Android” follows Georgia (Chloë Grace Moretz) and her boyfriend Sam (Algee Smith) through their treacherous journey of escape as their country is caught in an unexpected war with artificial intelligence. Days away from the arrival of their first child, they must face No Man’s Land – a stronghold of the android uprising, in hopes of reaching safety before giving birth. 

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