Although set as a slasher horror film, A.M.I. (2019) is an interesting approach to the current time’s dependency on technology, mainly from young people. Especially in the first world territories, the new generations have been alienating themselves having their small technology devices as almost the only source of information, contents and morals to read and hear about, becoming those screens their windows to the world. But the tool is never the problem, the problem is always how you use that tool. Yes, governments and companies use those gadgets to control us and sell us shit we don’t really need. But what would happen if someone had even worse intentions? Would it work to turn a smartphone-addict teenager as a killing weapon? Well, in fiction it surely does.
In A.M.I. (2019), seventeen-year-old Cassie has become a recluse ever since her mother died in a horrible car accident. In an effort to fill the void, she downloads the latest intelligent personal assistant A.M.I., which is also the first to have a real consciousness. Their relationship quickly deepens into a twisted co-dependency and Cassie falls deeper and deeper under A.M.I.‘s spell; driving her to perform what Cassie perceives as justifiable murderous acts. But what are A.M.I.‘s true intentions? Soon Cassie begins to realize A.M.I. has something sinister planned.
The movie has been directed by Rusty Nixon, responsible for other titles like Down The Line (2014), Candiland (2016) and Residue (2017). He was also the writer of the movie together with James Clayton and Evan Tylor. A.M.I. (2019) is starred by Debs Howard, Philip Granger, Sam Robert Muik, Havana Guppy, Bonnie Hay, Veronica Hampson, Lori Triolo, Andrew Coghlan and Laura Mitchell.
A.M.I. (2019) had its world premiere at the Vancouver Badass Film Festival last March, where it was nominated to a good bunch of awards including all the main categories like best film, best lead and supporting actors, best direction, best writing and best photography. Now, it is out as domestic video and Video on Demand. The first trailer is out now and you can watch it here:
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