A blatant "Blade Runner " rip-off, this superficial techno-noir sees a brooding sleuth teaming up with an emotional android.
"Zone 414" doesn 't bother with subtlety. This is a blatant "Blade Runner " scam featuring menacing bounty hunters, psychotic god-playing billionaires and doe-eyed androids looking for love. Those responsible for this imitator must bet on the confusion.
At least there are the procedures: a scowling, jacket-clad Guy Pearce in leather plays David, a private investigator hired to track down the daughter of a crazed android inventor, Marlon Veidt (Travis Fimmel), in the grungy, neon-lit metropolis known as - surprise, surprise - Zone 414.
People mix with androids in this Electro-Babylon, though the machines - indistinguishable from humans unless you open up their llic interiors - seem to function primarily as prostitutes and slaves. Like Jane (Matilda Lutz), a brilliant new model designed to experience real girl emotions like desire and despair: to better attract her sad clients.
Director Andrew Baird introduces us to David as he quietly kills an android woman, but we're led to believe that Jane is different. The two team up to find the missing girl, though the mystery takes a back seat behind their gaiters and sexual tension, overflowing when Jane dares to take David's past traumas, a big no-no for him.stoic badass.
Lutz, a force of nature in the 2018 thriller" Revenge ", does its best to its best between the Automaton on Stilts and the Passionate Rampant, but the drama rings false, largely because of the wooden writing. "Zone 414 " is not a bad-looking, fittingly apocalyptic film, if generically styled, thanks to James Mather's cinematography. Still, one wonders why this superficial techno-noir exists in the first place.
Rated R for violence, disturbing images, language, certain drug use and nudity. Duration: 1 hour 38 minutes. In theaters and available for rent or purchase at Apple TV , Vudu and other streaming platforms and pay TV operators.