Atlas Review: Feels Like a Sci-Fi Movie You’ve Already Seen


With filmmakers producing sci-fi films more often than ever before, it's become relatively rare to find a good sci-fi film that offers something viewers aren't already familiar with, and the latest original “Atlas” of Jennifer Lopez's Netflix is ​​a living testimony. to him. Makers these days have become so obsessed with duplicating the success of blockbuster franchises in the genre like Star Wars that they seem to have forgotten the key ingredients of a good movie, which it should resonate with viewers rather than just being a high-quality compilation. -technological scenes with overused dialogues. In López's Atlas, you will find similar flaws: unimaginative concept, high predictability and superficial representation of outdated themes.

Atlas Review: Another one on AI

Jennifer Lopez plays an analyst in the film

The film introduces us to the world's first artificial intelligence (AI) terrorist, Harlan, who has corrupted AI robots around the world and convinced them to destroy humanity. As the dance of death continues for days and humanity retaliates, he leaves the planet promising to return one day and finish what he started.

Cut to 25 years later, the world now has a special organization called the “International Coalition of Nations” (ICN) to combat AI terrorists. When he catches Casca, one of Harlan's confidants who left with him, the ICN decides to enlist the help of Lopez's data analyst, Atlas Shepherd, who shared his childhood with these two technological monsters, turning- the last hope to save humanity.

However, Shehphers is no ordinary analyst; She is temperamental, loud, rigid, sarcastic, anti-social, emotionally scared, lives in the American quad and doesn't trust AI one bit, even though her house is full of AI technology. Shepherd has spent his entire life speculating a bit about Harlan, and when opportunity comes knocking at his door, he doesn't need to take it easy. Despite many protests from the ICN, since he does not have the necessary physical training to face the challenge that outer space could throw at him, he argues that he is sent along with the special unit to the plant where Harlan is hiding.

Atlas review: where it loses gas

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An image from Netflix's latest sci-fi Atlas

Although Atlas starts off on a strong note, it soon loses all of its effervescence with Lopez's shallow writing and voice acting. Instead of the high-IQ analyst she's supposed to be, Lopez's character comes across as a raging teenager who is perpetually throwing tantrums. The film can hardly establish her as a mysterious personality and emotional baggage. Lopez is unconvincing in the role and lacks the kind of sincerity that such a character demands.

Although the film claims that he has endured immense emotional pain for decades, the portrayal falls flat. It barely touches on the complex layers of emotional erraticity that Lopez's character has and thrives on superficiality. Since the entire film focuses on Lopez and her inner turmoil, with no regard for anything happening outside of that premise, the play feels poorly cooked.

However, regardless of a disorganized and childish portrayal, I enjoyed the occasional respite that came in the form of a special AI bot suit character, voiced by Gregory James Cohan, who is Shepherd's polar opposite. This super adaptive suit is balanced, calm and patient. He believes that all AI robots, including himself, are alive and that all things with consciousness have a soul. It balances out the erraticness that Shepherd brings to the table, making their pairing perfect. The simplicity with which he approaches Shepherd's problems will make anyone wish for such a suit.

Unfortunately, Cohan's character isn't enough to carry the weight of the film alone. Atlas is a big no for sci-fi fans or someone looking for a movie with advanced or complex CGI.

If you want to explore a more serious look at the complex relationship that AI and humanity can share, Joaquin Phoenix's Her still tops the charts even a decade after its release.


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