By Dave B.
I’ll keep this one short: Tau (Netflix) is a science fiction thriller about a woman who is abducted and experimented on by a reclusive billionaire attempting to design the perfect artificial intelligence in order to save his business. She’s kept imprisoned by an AI named Tau, who she must form a connection with in order to escape her certain death at the end of the billionaire’s experiments. I’m keeping this review short because Netflix continues to have the same problems with most of it’s science fiction efforts. They’ll be conceptually interesting, to a degree. They’ll usually be watchable. But no effort will have been put into the script, dialogue, and plot.
Tau definitely wasn’t the worst Netflix science fiction movie that I’ve watched (that distinction goes to Spectral). The protagonist, Julia, was actually pretty likeable. She was smart, resourceful, and determined. I can’t blame actress Maika Monroe for the terrible dialogue that she was given. Outside of my fondness for surprisingly tough women however, Tau is forgettable. The movie regressed from mildly interesting, to very predictable and dull, to the most cliché ending ever. Even Gary Oldman (who voiced Tau and is usually fantastic) was terrible. Every time I heard that damn computer speak, I wanted to rip my ears off.
As I implied earlier, Tau IS watchable. It may be a cheap knockoff of Frankenstein, but Frankenstein is a classic for a reason. There’s something innately satisfying in seeing hubris destroy the arrogant and in having our creations exhibit more humanity than we do. The movie also has a really slick look. The director did a good job, especially considering that he had a crap script to work with. That said, I don’t recommend Tau. Although I don’t suggest that potential viewers avoid it like the plague, there are much better ways that you can spend 97 minutes.
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