Foe is a sci-fi movie directed by Garth Davis with hints of horror, exploring a psychological narrative set in a dystopian future. Saoirse Ronan and Paul Mescal deliver powerful performances, with Aaron Pierre contributing as a captivating yet subtly threatening character, Terrance. The story unfolds on a dying Earth in 2065, where a corporate entity named OuterMore is preparing settlements in space and recruiting individuals for colonization efforts.
In this bleak scenario, Terrance unexpectedly visits a couple, Junior (played by Mescal) and Hen (played by Ronan), living in a secluded farmhouse. He informs them that Junior has been selected to join the space mission, creating tension and uncertainty in their already fragile relationship. Junior is required to leave, while Hen must stay, changing their lives dramatically.
Terrance returns a year later to conduct the final phase of testing, bringing unsettling news about the corporation’s true intentions. The movie progressively loses its initial appeal and coherence as it delves deeper into sentimental and confusing territories, failing to sustain the viewer’s emotional connection to the characters and the unfolding events.
Despite earnest performances by Ronan and Mescal, the movie’s script seems overstretched, diminishing the overall emotional impact. Furthermore, Pierre’s character, Terrance, although magnetic, reveals a disconcerting detachment that adds an element of artificiality to the story. While the cinematography and production design create an atmospheric visual experience, the narrative’s exploration of artificial intelligence and human consciousness lacks depth and originality.
In the end, Foe attempts to probe into themes of humanity, artificial intelligence, and love but falls short of delivering a compelling or thought-provoking story. For viewers seeking a more substantial examination of similar subjects, other movies like Ex Machina might provide a richer and more satisfying experience. Source