- Directed by Miguel Sapochnik
- November 5, 2021
A man and his robot struggle to survive on an Earth devastated by a solar flare.
Finch looks good and the acting is great. It is difficult to maintain anything like this for 30 minutes let alone as a feature length presentation. The effects look to be a mixture of practical and digital. This is a well-done drama but what it lacks is a story. What is the beginning, middle, and end? It plays more like a slice of life story.
Spoil alert but basically this whole movie is about Finch (Tom Hanks) dying and building a robot to take care of a dog. Why is the dog so significant? Because he got the dog after being afraid of a mother and daughter he encountered while scavenging for supplies. When that mother and daughter were stumbled upon by another scavenger and killed, he felt guilt over hiding until it was safe for him and that’s when he found the dog and apparently his guilt compels him to take care of the dog human named Goodyear. That is the thrust of the film.
Finch is so concerned over the fate of the dog that he builds a robot which eventually comes to call itself Jeff (Caleb Landry Jones) to take care of Goodyear when he dies. That is the post-apocalyptic equivalent of a millionaire that leaves their home to their dog.
That is enough for a short film but not nearly enough for a feature length story. Finch is an entertaining drama, and I did enjoy myself but I have seen stuff like this before on YouTube as short films or in something direct to video from the 80s. The story itself is nothing too special and is most notable for having Tom Hanks in it.
Finch is set in a post-apocalyptic world where a solar flare has severely damaged the ozone layer and the titular character struggles to survive. The Earth is all but dead. The only survivor besides Finch that we see take part in the story in this film is his dog who goes a chunk of the movie without having its name mentioned. Any survivors we see occur only in the flashback.
The performances in this film are great. You become invested in the characters and not only feel bad in the finale but also feel for Jeff when he must figure out what to do next. And it does manage to end on a hopeful note.
Finch is nothing unique, but it is entertaining and that in the end is what you are after. It’s a good bit of character focused drama that you will enjoy and if given the chance revisit. I say take a chance!