Tau

Tau TitleIn all honestly Tau isn’t much of a movie to care about, but is still worth a watch just for the relationship that develops between Julia and Tau. The special effects are good, the music is okay, the acting is meh, and somewhere a lawyer is suiting up because of the Dr. Who copyright infringement. The ending is predictable, and is set up nearly 30 minutes prior (thank you Alex you A**hat). Of the barrage of Netflix originals that hit the streaming site nearly daily, this one is okay, but definitely not some of their better work.

(4.6 / 10)

I went into Tau (Gary Oldman) not fully knowing what to expect. It looked like it had promise, and the premise was an interesting if tired one. I ended up being rather surprised by Tau, but not in the way that one would normally think. I found within the movie an element that struck me as actually realistic and organic, amongst the chaos of horrible story choices, character blunders, and endless Dr. Who jokes.

Tau is of quality level we’ve come to expect from Netflix, good special effects, solid set design, and decent music. But none of that comes with a guarantee of actually making something good pop out at the end. The basics of the story, and the full extent one need to know going in, is that the lead character Julia (Maika Monroe) is an excellent pickpocket and makes her living doing this (hint hint, important later). She is kidnapped by Alex (Ed Skrein), a wholly and entirely unconvincing character, as either the creator of Tau or a serial kidnapper. Essentially, Julia is trapped in a prison-like cell with two other people who are promptly dispatched of to make way for the real story.

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Seriously, this is totally silicon boy wants to be a real boy. In and of itself this isn’t a bad premise, it’s obviously worked for many other movies and TV shows, but with the barrage of this genre it is becoming increasingly more difficult to stand out. Tau does, but not the way it wants to.

2018-07-09 (3)The hard part to swallow with Tau is that the characters are totally unbelievable as people. Alex created Tau, and wants him to be a truly intelligent, sentient AI by a deadline for his business or company. Expect Alex seems completely incapable of showing any emotions other than angry, or annoyed, or well nothing. How could someone with such an obvious loner, serial killer vibe have created something as “vibrant” as Tau. I mean he is colorful, which is so much the opposite of Alex it nearly boggles the mind to think he created anything other than a sandwich. Also, despite the fact that he obviously works from home, he still has to go out everyday to somewhere leaving Julia and Tau alone, and having Tau guard her with his uber, ultra pokey robot. This is really such a giant plot hole to just make an excuse for the story it’s painful. In before, “but the movie said he went to…it was important”. Not buying it. Also, Ed, stick to superhero villaining.

Tau is just the most annoying AI to ever have lived. He sounds like a Dalek from Dr. Who2018-07-09 (5) that is constantly stuck in a loop screaming “Julia”, which I hear as “Exterminate”. If you haven’t seen Dr. Who at all then this may not bother you, but I mean Gary Oldman what the hell? Maybe stick with superhero good guying. Also, watch Dr. Who. If I had to choose between Skynet and Tau I think I’d have to choose Skynet, at least it wouldn’t constantly be saying it needed more information, it would just take it. The movie does do a decent job of making you feel sorry for Tau, with phrases like “What is outside?”, and the fact that he is endlessly tortured by Alex.

Julia is well, Julia. Her character is interchangeable with any other character that could potentially be there. Any other prisoner that started out in the movie would have been just as good. The acting is decent, but not exceptional. Honestly she is just slightly less annoying than Tau, and a bit more unbelievable.

2018-07-09 (4)The one shining light and saving grace of this movie is the rapport that develops between Julia and Tau. Somehow in this mess of potholes, I mean plot holes, we find something that feels real. The relationship between the two develops  so organically that it seems the entire movie was built around this, which of course it was. But at least the main purpose of the movie is done well. The characters themselves may not be great, but together they make something greater than the sum of their parts, as cliche as that may be. Tau is worth watching solely for this fact, and it is on this basis that I actually recommend watching it if you like Science Fiction, robots, and heart-warming friendships forged from adversity.

In all honestly Tau isn’t much of a movie to care about, but is still worth a watch just for the relationship that develops between Julia and Tau. The special effects are good, the music is okay, the acting is meh, and somewhere a lawyer is suiting up because of the Dr. Who copyright infringement. The ending is predictable, and is set up nearly 30 minutes prior (thank you Alex you A**hat). Of the barrage of Netflix originals that hit the streaming site nearly daily, this one is okay, but definitely not some of their better work.

(4.6 / 10)

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