In Review: I Am Mother

Creepy post apocalyptic sci-fi from Netflix...

Synopsis: A teenage girl is raised underground by a kindly robot “Mother” — designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of humankind. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.

Review: Netflix has been releasing a shedload of movies of late and ‘I Am Mother’ is the latest science fiction film to hit the service.

The Story

An extinction level event has transpired on the Earth and it is believed that the whole of humanity has been wiped out. The moment has been prepared for because in an underground complex a robot, which processes superior Artificial Intelligence has a collection of human embryo’s and is looking to raise the superior human subject with which to repopulate the Earth.

The first half of this movie focuses on the robot who is called the mother and her nurturing relationship with Daughter. The human female she has raised, but for some reason hasn’t named.  We see the day to day life of the pair as they co-habit the underground complex. But like all pesky human beings. Daughter is curious and she is very much aware that something is missing in her life. Other human beings.

Things get really interesting and somewhat messy when a strange woman turns up. She has been living in the mines in the outside world and claims that other humans have been living with her. This new information sows the seeds of mistrust between Daughter and Mother and leads to Daughter breaking out of the complex with the woman, but what she finds on the outside world proves to be far from what she has been told by the woman.

The Acting

Clara Rugaard is wonderfully cast as Daughter and I found myself liking her from very early on in the film. Her scenes with Mother who was voiced by Rose Byrne are kind of sweet, but also sort of creepy in some of the films darker moments.

This film sees a return for Hilary Swank to movies and her role as the Woman proves to be a really important role as we discover toward the close of the film. Swank’s body of work in recent years has seen her move toward television shows. But this film is definitely a worthy addition to her resume. Swank’s scenes with Rugaard in this film are really strong and in parts tense. But you never get the impression that Swank’s character is out to harm the younger woman. A point, which is driven home toward the close of the film.


‘I AM Mother’ is another one of those science fiction films that explore the human condition, but it also hints that the robot known as Mother is perhaps more than just a highly intelligent robot. The film left us with more questions than answers, which is a very brave thing for a film to do in an age where folks are always looking for closure in films.

I Am Mother
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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]
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