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IO (2019)

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As a young scientist searches for a way to save a dying Earth, she finds a connection with a man who's racing to catch the last shuttle off the planet.

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Jonathan Helpert
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Complete credited cast:
Margaret Qualley ... Sam
Anthony Mackie ... Micah
Danny Huston ... Henry
Tom Payne ... Elon
Emma Fitzgerald Emma Fitzgerald ... Radio Broadcaster (voice)
Justin Jamieson Justin Jamieson ... TV Broadcast Newscaster (as Justin Andrew Jamieson)
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Storyline

Sam (Margaret Qualley), one of the last survivors on a post-cataclysmic Earth, is a young scientist dedicated to finding a way for humans to adapt and survive, rather than abandon their world. But with the final shuttle scheduled to leave the planet for a distant colony, her determination to stay is rocked by the arrival of another survivor, Micah (Anthony Mackie). She must decide whether to journey with him to join the rest of humanity and begin life anew, or stay to fight for Earth's survival.

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In the Near Future, we must save Earth or leave it. See more »


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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official Netflix

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

IO See more »

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Elle Fanning and Diego Luna were both previously cast before dropping out. See more »

Goofs

Ammonia is lighter than air, you would not find larger concentrations in subways or try to escape it by living on top of a mountain. See more »

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[first lines]
Sam: [narrating] It's like we were doomed to destroy our planet. Some say it was because of the increasing pollution. I just call it human nature. A few scientists predicted what would happen. They started working on a power station that could be sent into space to harvest geothermal energy from other planets. But it was too late. People would start dying in their sleep... suffocating in the streets, the blood in their veins turning black. "An unexpected change in atmosphere composition,...
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Connections

References The X Files (1998) See more »

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Nocturne No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 2
Written by Frédéric Chopin (as Frederic Chopin)
Performed by Idil Biret
Courtesy of Naxos
By arrangement with Source/Q
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Good Concept Bad Execution
18 January 2019 | by tablebythegymSee all my reviews

Although the concept is highly unrealistic, as climate change doesn't make the air poison (don't worry its just turning the ocean into acid), the concept is seemingly original and interesting. I saw the trailer and was intrigued enough to watch. I realized halfway through that this was going to be a pull-out-your-phone kind of movie. There are long stretches where you can look away for thirty minutes and not miss a single thing. There is little suspense in the story and the characters don't act like the movie established they should. There are action scenes that somehow put me to sleep. The costumes, scenery, and visuals are interesting to look at, but nothing to write home about. There are some comical moments where you can see an immaculate lawn or green vegetation in an area that it is established would be impossible.

The actors are decent, but don't have much to work with. It feels like the director was yelling, "more monotone, less passion!" The script is plodding and full of unnecessary mythology references that will go over most peoples heads and even having knowledge of the stories they were referencing I don't know how it applies. Either it is very complicated or so simple that I am overthinking it. I don't like to throw around the word 'pretentious' a lot, but this is certainly that at times. It is hard to explain without spoilers, but by around 2/3rds in people will understand what I mean.

All in all not a horrible movie, but not a good one. I feel with better direction and a more meaty script it could have fallen into a nice spot of an intriguing watch. It also has a very shove-climate-change-down-your-throat kind of attitude that even as someone who believes the scientists on climate change feels forced. The music is really good, but doesn't save it. This movie falls with a lot of Netflix movies into decent but disappointing.


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