20. I Am Mother
Release Year: 2019
An incredibly smart film, I Am Mother uses its sparse location and wonderful robotic design to tell a story of isolation and protectionism. At its heart is Clara Rugaard as Daughter, who grows up in a facility alone apart from her robotic caretaker, Mother (voiced by Rose Byrne). A stranger interrupts their existence, played by Hilary Swank, upending everything Daughter knows and causes her to question her existence up to this point.
It’s a tight thriller with science fiction used in practical terms, able to look at humanity and some of its colder truths that match the sterile environments the movie takes place in. Michael Lloyd Green’s script and Grant Sputore’s direction are able to evoke classics of the genre (like The Terminator) while making something of their own, becoming this classic-feeling movie with something new to say.
I Am Mother is an impressive movie, where Rugaard’s performance is able to make you feel the questions so deeply that doesn’t sit right in her character’s heart as she struggles to find what’s real and what’s false when her life and its future hangs in a peculiar balance.
The movie makes a perfect watch this fall on Netflix, and it will surprise you.