Bios, a thrilling cinematic experience from Universal Pictures, is a 2021 science fiction drama film directed by Miguel Sapochnik, who is renowned for his visionary work on HBO’s epic fantasy series "Game of Thrones". Written by Craig Luck and Ivor Powell, the movie features a star-studded cast, led by none other than Hollywood powerhouse Tom Hanks, and supported by the versatile Caleb Landry Jones and emerging talent Marie Wagenman.
In an immersive dystopian landscape set in a not-so-distant future ravaged by a cataclysmic event, Earth's atmosphere has become too toxic for humans to survive, resulting in the extinction of much of the human race. Amid this desolation and the ruins of a post-apocalyptic world, Hanks plays Finch, a terminally ill scientist who has survived in an underground facility for a significant time following this catastrophic event.
Bios centers around the relationship between Finch, the last man on Earth, and his extraordinary creation - an android named Jeff, played by Caleb Landry Jones. Finch, who fears he may not have much longer to live, designs and builds Jeff from scratch, with intent not just to create a machine, but to construct a companion who can keep him company, take care of his beloved pet dog Goodyear, and learn the nuances of being human. Further into the movie, Finch embarks on a road trip with Jeff and his dog, navigating the hauntingly beautiful remnants of North America, in a special vehicle designed to protect them from the toxic outside environment.
The narrative follows the evolving bond between Finch, Jeff, and Goodyear, and explores thought-provoking themes of survival, mortality, loneliness, and, what truly makes us human. At its core, the narrative, told with the backdrop of the end of the world, is a celebration of life and relationships. Jeff, who is initially an artificial entity, starts to grasp the concepts of human connection, empathy, and love under Finch's tutelage. This journey is brilliantly portrayed by Landry Jones, leaving the audience with contemplations on humanity, existence, and the blurred boundaries between man and machine.
Tom Hanks delivers a compelling and moving performance as Finch – a man at the brink of his life yet resolutely optimistic, nurturing, and caring. Hanks' intricate portrayal of Finch is heartfelt and nuanced, making the audience invest in his plight and root for his resilience. Similarly, the symbiotic relationship between Finch and Jeff is beautifully rendered, with a pitch-perfect performance from Caleb Landry Jones, who brings empathetic warmth to the character of Jeff.
The film also stars Marie Wagenman in the role of a mysterious holographic entity, seized in the remnants of the civilization that once was. Her portrayal is encapsulated with a sense of nostalgia and melancholia, adding further depth and complexities to the post-apocalyptic tale.
Director Miguel Sapochnik and his team's technical brilliance shines throughout Bios in their depiction of a post-apocalyptic landscape, strikingly beautiful yet melancholic, with empty cities and desolated landscapes. The ensemble, alongside an evocative score and skilful cinematography, crafts an effective atmosphere that is both chilling and profoundly emotive.
This poignant sci-fi drama, while it might seem dystopian on the surface, is a study on the human condition, the essence of existence, and the strength of connection. Through masterful storytelling and powerful performances, Bios offers a thought-provoking exploration of life, love, companionship, and humanity following a global catastrophe, making it a must-watch for fans of the genre. The journey of Finch, Jeff, and Goodyear through a desolated Earth makes Bios much more than a sci-fi adventure; it is a touching tale of human resilience, companionship, and ultimately, the enduring spirit of life against all odds.
Bios is a Science Fiction, Drama, Adventure movie released in 2021. It has a runtime of . Critics and viewers have rated it moderate reviews, with an IMDb score of 6.9. It also holds a MetaScore of 57.