Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Chills & Thrills: A.M.I. (2019)

Movie Name/Year: A.M.I. (2019)
Genre: Horror
Length: 77 minutes
Rating: TV-MA
Production/Distribution: 1160594 B.C., IndustryWorks Studios, Southpaw Productions, Motorcycle Boy Productions, Greendale Productions, Bounty Films, IndustryWorks Pictures
Director: Rusty Nixon   
Writers: James Clayton, Rusty Nixon, Evan Tylor
Actors: Debs Howard, Philip Granger, Sam Robert Muik, Havana Guppy, Bonnie Hay, Veronica Hampson, Lori Triolo, Andrew Coghlan, Laura Mitchell

Blurb from IMDb: A seventeen year old girl forms a co-dependent relationship with an artificial intelligence on her phone and goes on a murderous rampage.

Cat’s Point of View:
This seems to be the year for exploring the concept of misbehaving AI. I’ve got to say that it’s an interesting concept. Many people rely on the likes of Siri or Cortana to get through the day. What if the answers from these digital helpers had a sinister ulterior motive? In this era where an increasing number of items in our day-to-day lives are ‘smart’ – what could happen if the AIs took control?

While Jexi (2019) is currently on the big screen showing us a humorous take on that very scenario, A.M.I. has a far more serious tone. I was really interested in how a straight horror theme would turn out.

It could have been better.

A.M.I. failed to deliver enough believable punch for me to take it seriously. I was so disconnected with what was going on that I spent a good amount of the movie marveling on how much Debs Howard (Even Lambs Have Teeth, Mingle All the Way, Deadly Match) resembled Debbie Gibson (Rock of Ages, Mega Shark vs Mecha Shark, Summer of Dreams).

I just couldn’t buy into the psycho Barbie-doll main character here.

While there were some good moments within this film, overall it doesn’t live up to its potential. 

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – None
Metascore – None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 4.0/10
CinemaScore – None

Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating – 2/5

Trust the Dice Parental Advisory Rating - R
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