The latest movie to get a viewing here in the shadows was the sci-fi drama “Uncanny” directed by Matthew Leutwyler (“Answers To Nothing”, “The River Why”) from a story by screenwriter Shahin Chandrasoma (“Lower Learning”).
David Kressen (Mark Webber – “13 Sins”, “Jessabelle”) is a robotics expert. Having graduated from MIT at nineteen he has spent the past ten years working in a secure facility located in a city penthouse called Workspace 18, not leaving the facility day or night.
David was recruited by Simon Castle (Rainn Wilson – “Juno”, “The Office”) the billionaire owner of Kestrel Computing upon his graduation and offered the workspace and unlimited funding to further his science. Davis is attempting to perfect an artificial intelligence (A.I.) robot called Adam.
Former robotics student Joy Andrews (Lucy Griffiths – “Don’t Look Back”, “Robin Hood”) is now working as a journalist for a scientific magazine and has been tasked with spending a week studying David’s work in order to pen an in-depth feature on it.
When Joy arrives at David’s facility he asks Adam (David Clayton Rogers – “H+”, “Bloody Sunday”) to talk to her. It’s only later when Joy tells David that she can’t see it taking a week to study his work that doesn’t appear to be hugely groundbreaking that he tells her that Adam is in fact A.I.
As the week progresses Joy finds herself drawn to the initially smug but then awkward David who, having spent a decade locked away working, is understandably a little rusty when it comes to relationships. However, Adam seems to be showing signs of emergent behaviour and also shows signs of attraction to Joy as well as a certain level of resentment as David opens up to Joy and the pair become close.
As the dynamics between the three change and David and Adam’s relationship becomes strained by Joy’s presence Adam’s behaviour begins to appear to be rather more sinister and secretive. There is certainly more going on here than is at first apparent…
This seems to be a fairly low-budget movie and covers similar Turing Test territory to the more expensive looking “Ex Machina” which also came out in 2015. However, the storytelling here is very good, as are the performances of the actors for the three main characters (the billionaire being more of a bit part) who convey their roles convincingly. A decent sci-fi drama / thriller that, at just 86 minutes, doesn’t outstay its welcome but gets the job done. Worth a look…