Review in Brief: Archive (2020/21)

Indie sci-fi ARCHIVE wears its genre influences on its sleeve – MOON, EX MACHINA, SILENT RUNNING an iconic sequence lifted wholesale from GHOST IN THE SHELL. An engineer (Theo James) develops a series of increasingly sophisticated robot bodies to house his deceased wife’s (Stacy Martin) personality and ultimately her consciousness,which is being kept in a degrading hard drive, as well. It all looks good despite the modest budget and it’s by no means short of big ideas. But the film also feels cold, disconnected and too inanimate for you to care much about George or any of his creations, and the perhaps intentional reasons for the way it feels and how information is delivered to you become apparent far too late in the story to make any difference. Archive is a curiosity, but you’d probably be better off rewatching one of the films that inspired it. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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