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han’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Years in the future, global warming has already consumed the civilizations on earth. The ozone gets more attenuate, and just a little radiation from ultra-violet radiant can already roast your skin. People are starving, frenzied, and slowly they lost their sense of humanity. There, we meet Weiberg Finch, one of the last survivors on earth who embarks on a journey to find a new point to settle with his dog and a robot that he made to help the dog.
This is a road trip film. This is a sci-fi attraction. This is an adventure about humanism, intimacy, trust, and the power of companion.
Finch is a prompt surprise for me in 2021. It is more well-directed than what I had expected it to be. I thought it's going to be a minor cheap and dull independent science-fiction, but instead, it's so affluent both in its production quality and its emotional themes. Miguel Sapochnik did a tremendous job in bringing this global warming admonition into its immense cinematic and humanistic potential.
In spite of the predictability of a few plot points, Sapochnik still able to convey some sentimental and even poetic sensibility that lies beneath the story. The scene where Finch died at the end can we predict miles ahead before it occurs. But even so, it still juxtaposes the meaningful momentum of death and passing the journey. While one wheel stops, another wheel continues. In the end, it gave me a melancholic satisfaction.
The visual effects were fucking unbelievable. Real and unreal at the same time. I don't know how much the percentage of the scenes with CGI and the scenes with practical effect. The differences are subtle and almost unnoticeable. Not to mention the mavelous voice-over work by Caleb Landry Jones that brought the delightful robot Jeff into life.
The only flaw I could find in this film is merely in its screenplay and pacing. On occasion the plot went too apace when it should have gone slower. It didn't give us enough time to really understand the character of Finch himself. Aside from him being dying and how he found the dog, the screenplay should have exposed more of his backstory, and it should certainly play more with his moral compass towards trusting in humanity.
Tom Hanks was loveable as usual. Nothing to say more about that.