• Name: Tau
• Year: 2018
• Country: USA
• Director: Federico D’Alessandro
• Main cast: Maika Monroe, Ed Skrein, Gary Oldman
• Runtime: 97 minutes
• Production company: Addictive Pictures, Kaos Theory Entertainment, Phantom 4 Films
Dear Netflix users, here is a review about one of the last film releases available on the platform: Tau (2018) the opera prima from Federico d’Alessandro, which in my humble opinion, confirms what we may already know about our beloved Netflix – so convenient sometimes, while others so unnecessary.
The science fiction story stars Maika Monroe as a young abducted girl, the lost soul ones, going through a tough time in life (what could already be a good reason to give it a chance, or has anyone among the presents not seen It Follows (2014) yet? -Here our review-), Ed Skrein as a brilliant unscrupulous A.I. genius, and surprisingly Gary Oldman joins the cast giving voice to Tau, the computer. Fasten your seatbelts, you’re about to ride in an ocean of animations (very well done, no wonder the director’s career includes being animatics supervisor in many films from the Marvel saga), but be careful because the boat may sink before you reach the end.
That said, and trying to avoid spoilers, the film is an interesting proposal about the relationship between humans and Artificial Intelligence. The sets are done with a lot of taste and knowledge (the director’s main background is as storyboard artist) and this definitely gives value to the film. Images are nice, catchy, same as the animations and special effects. BUT – I’m sorry, a movie is not a collage of scenes. I mean, it is, but it needs a soul, too, the strength of a continuous story that brings it all together, that gives the movie a certain magic and makes it worth watching. Tau (2018), for me, lacks of a soul. The images become repetitive, and you don’t know much what to expect from the film since the trajectory is not clear and definitely not original, having echoes from many other science fiction movies and series (from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), to The OA (series, 2016-) or Ex Machina (2014)) but becoming an easy medley – the ones you can sadly so easily find among the new Netflix productions -.
Give it a try, it does not cost a big effort, having it at hand’s reach; but for me, Tau (2018) was a disappointing surprise who gives too much place for the visuals and does not know how to create a good chemistry between the characters.
IMDB URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4357394
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