Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Movie review: Vice

 At a futuristic resort, humanlike androids are used to fulfill patrons wildest fantasies. But when android Kelly becomes self-aware, their hedonistic lifestyle quickly becomes a nightmare.

Ambyr Childers (Kelly), Thomas Jane (Roy), Bryan Greenberg (Evan), Bruce Willis (Julian), Johnathon Schaech (Chris), Charlotte Kirk (Melissa), Brett Granstaff (James), Ryan O'Nan (Det. Matthews).

Vice begins well enough by showing us how androids live in a futuristic resort. When android Kelly becomes self-aware and escapes the resort, she finds herself stuck between an android hunting cop and resort mercenaries determined to bring her back. From there the film turns to action and adventure with an injection or two of morality.
While the premise of an android resort is quite interesting, when the question of morality and ethics is injected it becomes the focus of the film and starts looking like every other Artificial Intelligence film questioning ethics.

Acting was pretty dry in this one with a serious lack of emotion. Childers was decent with fairly good delivery. Jane was in a role he knows well and did a fair job as always. Willis was in a role that should have been great, but fell flat for the most part when his talent wasn't used. The remainder of the cast was okay.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds are fitting for a mid-level action thriller. CGI and action scenes were fairly well done. Dialogue was okay, but could have had more depth. Sound and soundtrack were mediocre.

Overall Vice is somewhat disappointing. Exploration of the android staffed resort, which was a good hook for the film, was not explored well at all. Turning then to the action thriller aspect, on this front the film lacks originality, never develops a high level of energy, and struggles to engage the audience.

With some sexuality, violence, and foul language, save this one for older teens and above.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 7.8.17
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Action Thriller, Sci-Fi Thriller, Action & Adventure, Action, Adventure

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