It is a by-the-numbers sci-fi film that doesn’t add anything new to the genre.
We review the Netflix film Warriors of Future, which does not contain spoilers.
There are many sci-fi films that take audiences on a ride to the future, but some just feel repetitive. There are also sci-fi films that try to incorporate too many things, and then the story gets lost in the madness. We have gotten to a point in our society where the future is here and now, so the technological advancements shown aren’t as impressive as they used to be. If anything, audiences are more terrified about the evolution of tech than fascinated by the endless possibilities.
This is where Warriors of Future turns into more of a horror film than an action, sci-fi adventure. When a meteorite brings extraterrestrial life to the earth, the alien creatures threaten humanity. Commander Sing Lee’s elite forces are almost wiped out, and the surviving soldier Tai Lo discovers an even bigger conspiracy, as per the synopsis on IMDB. Right from the beginning, director Yeun Fai Ng was able to create an emotional tie to how the world used to be.
We see a father and his daughter looking at how clean our planet used to be, and it quickly cuts to the current state of the world; colorless, dying, and grim. We see that military robots have become the standard for war, and now every country has created its own version.
On top of that, there is no clean air, so they develop something called the Skynet to filter in clean air. But once this alien rips through with the meteor, it becomes its own ecosystem and engulfs tech towers across the city. The government ops call the creature Pandora, and for a good portion of the movie, they try to kill it.
This film lacks originality, and that’s why it was hard to sit through. It doesn’t really do anything new for the genre, nor does it tell a compelling story to keep anyone engaged. It played out like a video game with multiple cut scenes waiting for the next mission to begin. At times the fight sequences were good, but it felt animated to the point that it wasn’t believable. Even the way this was filmed felt heavily manipulated because the characters didn’t look real.
For a film to not be a video game adaptation, but feel like one isn’t the best compliment to give it. The one thing that did work was the editing with the flashbacks to fill in the character’s backstories and to show how different the state of the world is at its present time.
It’s a by-the-numbers sci-fi action piece that also adds a storyline involving an illness that sweeps the nation, that also doesn’t feel too far-fetched anymore. If anything, this movie shows how close we are to actually living in something like this, which is pretty unsettling.
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