Synopsis: In a post-apocalyptic society, living underground as protection from pollution, the main concern is getting enough food and finding other survivors. A pollution-resistant android with A.I. is developed to help obtain this.
Review: Due to hit Video On Demand services from 16 July. Genesis is a film, which promises much but totally under delivers. Set in a post-apocalyptic future where a war between East and West resulted in the dregs of humanity being forced underground. The film has a pretty grim beginning to it and seems to remain so throughout without a semblance of hope or anything really for the audience to grab onto. Hope perhaps comes in the form of The Mark 3 Android who has been developed by Dr. Eve Gabriel in order to go above ground on dangerous food gathering missions, but even that goes to crap.
What we wind up with is a mishmash of plot and story ideas, which are lifted from many films that have come before, but sort or remain underdeveloped. The film tries to pose some interesting philosophical questions but gets a little too lost in pointless character interactions that seem to lead nowhere.
The midway point of the film has a twist, which could have most likely been lifted from Blade Runner, but it is not done as well.
The films only saving grace is some fairly strong acting performances from John Hannah as Paul Brooks who tries to stage a revolution against the Government such as it is. Hannah is brilliant, but even his performance does little to retain the interest in the films somewhat meandering storyline.
Olivia Grant also brings a solid performance as Eve while Chiké Okonkwo proves to be somewhat bland as the films Mark 3 Android Abel.
Overall. This film falls short. I’d hoped for so much more when seeing the trailer but was sadly disappointed. It is a mishmash of lots of different plot threads that plods along at an agonizingly slow pace. There was an interesting discussion early on in the film where it is asked if the Mark 3 Android could be learning empathy, but it is never followed up on. Instead, the writers chose to focus on the darker aspects of human nature and quite frankly has you reaching for the vodka bottle and a shotgun.
If you are brave enough to sit through Genesis for an hour and 48 minutes. The only thing you will likely learn is the reason why Phil Collins went bald. Genesis will have its UK DVD release on 9 July and the VOD release will be on 16 July. Only watch if you have lost the will to live.
- Incidental Music7.5