A woman is held captive by a scientist in a futuristic smart house, and hopes to escape by reasoning with the Artificial Intelligence that controls the house.


Noga Landau
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Complete credited cast:
Maika Monroe ... Julia
Ed Skrein ... Alex
Gary Oldman ... Tau (voice)
Fiston Barek Fiston Barek ... Subject 2
Ivana Zivkovic Ivana Zivkovic ... Subject 1
Paul Leonard Murray Paul Leonard Murray ... Chief Operating Officer
Dragoljub Ljubicic Dragoljub Ljubicic ... Executive 1
Irene Chiengue Chiendjo Irene Chiengue Chiendjo ... Executive 2
Sharon D. Clarke ... Queenpin (as Sharon D Clarke)
Ian Virgo ... Party Boy
Greg De Cuir Greg De Cuir ... Delivery Man 1
Danijel Korsa Danijel Korsa ... Delivery Man 2


Once a street-smart drifter, Julia (Maika Monroe) is the latest person held captive, a body and a mind to be exploited in a fatal experiment. The only thing standing in the way of her freedom is TAU, the advanced artificial intelligence developed in secret by Alex (Ed Skrein), her sociopathic and enigmatic captor. TAU is armed with a battalion of drones and robots that automate Alex's futuristic smart house and laboratory, the walls lined with screens that visually transport it from grassy plains to the depths of space. TAU's potential is only limited by his understanding of the world he exists in, but TAU is ready for more. Julia, showing resourcefulness and courage, must race against time to bridge the boundaries between man and machine, connect to TAU and win her freedom before she suffers the same fate as the six other subjects who came before her. Written by Teaser-Trailer.com

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No Bars. No Guards. No Escape.


Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


TAU - While it possibly refers to "Tau" of the Greek Alphabet, it is possible to just be an acronym of Alex's full name. Thomas Alexander Upton, as shown on the framed magazine covers. See more »


When Tau enters zen mode and says "please enjoy 'Nocturne in E Minor, Opus 55,' by Frederick Chopin," what actually plays is "Nocturne in E Minor, Opus 72, No. 1" by Chopin, as credited. See more »


[first lines]
Queenpin: [counting out money] Ooh, Julia, you been hurting tonight. Keep telling you, do better with a partner.
Julia: Where's the rest?
Queenpin: You want to make more? Steal better shit.
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References Demon Seed (1977) See more »


Devils Wall
Written by Bedrich Smetana (PD)
Publisher: Atmosphere Music Ltd (PRS)
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Where Do All The Review Snobs Come From?
24 February 2019 | by FoutainoflifeSee all my reviews

This film is about a woman that has been kidnapped by a scientist who is working on the creation of the most advanced artificial intelligence.

I don't usually do sci-fi films but I thought I'd do something a bit different tonight and came across this. What is up with all these review snobs? It's a Netflix film folks so it's not some epic masterpiece. Did you not know that or something? Some of you review films like they are a piece of crap, former lover who cheated and has left you jaded about relationships. Chill out some and give some credit where credit is due.

This film wasn't that bad. I thought it was an interesting story and I loved all the robotic aspects. The robots were neat. The acting was decent and it is filmed well. There wasn't a lot of depth into the characters but it worked. I ended up really liking this and I really have no idea why these people are being so harsh. Check it out if it sounds like something you'd be interested in.

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Release Date:

29 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tau See more »

Filming Locations:

PFI Studios, Belgrade, Serbia See more »


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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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