In Review: Finch (Apple TV+)

On a post-apocalyptic earth, a robot, built to protect the life of his creator's (Finch)  beloved dog, learns about life, love, friendship and what it means to be human.

Synopsis: On a post-apocalyptic earth, a robot, built to protect the life of his creator’s (Finch)  beloved dog, learns about life, love, friendship and what it means to be human.


The Story

Having survived an apocalyptic event, which has left the earth a barren wasteland. Finch, a robotics engineer only has his dog for company and works to protect his companion from whatever remains. But when a storm threatens to pass through his part of America. Finch sets about building a robot to protect his dog and to accompany him on a long drive to San Francisco.

Over the course of their journey. Finch teaches the robot, who is called Jeff about what it means to be human and the value of love and friendship. However, time is the one thing Finch cannot outrun as he is living on borrowed time due to the intense Solar Radiation that he has been exposed to.


The Acting

As you’d expect. Tom Hanks carries this film brilliantly. The relationship between Finch and the Robot Jeff who is voiced by Caleb Landry Jones is brilliantly played out. Granted the concept of this film is hardly original, but the acting and how well-written the relationships are make up for that fact. I feel that we also have to credit the K9 performer that played Finch’s dog, Goodyear.



While Finch is hardly an original story. It’s a charming film nonetheless and Tom Hanks carries it well. I really enjoyed the sequences where Finch was telling his Robot stories in the hopes that he’d learn lessons from them. But it was the relationship between Finch and his dog that really sells this film. I could not help but feel sad for the Dog when Finch ultimately succumbed to his illness. But I also felt a degree of joy when the Dog after months of resisting finally put his trust in the Robot Jeff.

Overall. Finch is not going to be a film that everyone will enjoy. Especially given how sappy and sentimental it is. But if like myself you like a bit of a weepy and especially like movies where a dog or a cat gets to be centre stage. Then I suspect you might enjoy this.

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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
One Comment
  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    7 November 2021 at 4:41 pm -

    I did enjoy it very much, and I’ve otherwise gone off post-apocalyptic stuff.

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