Finch – Review

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Finch – Review
Finch – Review

In “Finch,” a man, a robot and a dog form an unlikely family in a powerful and moving adventure of one man’s quest to ensure that his beloved canine companion will be cared for after he’s gone. Tom Hanks stars as Finch, a robotics engineer and one of the few survivors of a cataclysmic solar event that has left the world a wasteland. But Finch, who has been living in an underground bunker for a decade, has built a world of his own that he shares with his dog, Goodyear. He creates a robot, played by Caleb Landry Jones, to watch over Goodyear when he no longer can. As the trio embarks on a perilous journey into a desolate American West, Finch strives to show his creation, who names himself Jeff, the joy and wonder of what it means to be alive. Their road trip is paved with both challenges and humour, as it’s as difficult for Finch to goad Jeff and Goodyear to get along as it is for him to manage the dangers of the new world.

Finch is a master class in acting from Tom Hanks. Unlike his last solo film, Castaway, Hanks has someone, or rather, something, to play off of with his robot creation… Jeff. Jeff is voiced by Caleb Landry Jones with so much gravitas you actually start to believe that he has a human mind.

I wasn’t expecting Finch to be such a dramatic film. While it was listed as a dramatic film, I was expecting a very different sci-fi film and I wasn’t disappointed by where this film went. The reason why Finch, a roboticist, builds Jeff is to take care of his fur baby before radiation slowly takes his life. As a first time dog owner, I can see why he’d want something, or someone, to look after his best friend.

Having to leave their sanctuary, Jeff must learn the ropes of how to survive the post-apocalyptic world, as well as, learn how to take care of Goodyear, the dog. Jeff loves story time and learns from them, including the several mistakes he makes on their journey.

Their adventure to the west helps Jeff learn what it’s like to be alive and develop the trust with Goodyear (who’s not exactly a robot lover). It’s a relationship much like that of parent and child that is endearing.

The direction by Miguel Sapochnik really helps suck you into the world they created and the connection Finch and Jeff have.

Good

  • Tom Hanks and Caleb Landry Jones
8

Great

Since seeing Star Wars on TV as a child Shane has been hooked on movies. In 2001 he decided to start up his own webpage dedicated to his new love DVD. Now, over 20-years later he continues to FEED YOUR HUNGER with the latest Theatrical, Blu-ray and DVD reviews.

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