The latest post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie from Netflix shows a gloomy view of the Earth that has been abandoned by mankind – except for two survivors. Anthony Mackie (The Hate You Give) and Margaret Qualley (Death Note) star i IO as the last two people left on earth after the rest of the world's population has evacuated to a colony on one of Jupiter's moons, Io. But this is not quirky Last man on earth Situation: The two must run towards time to capture one of the final shuttles that leave the desert planet, otherwise be alone on a poisonous wasteland forever.
IO follows Sam (Qualley) a young scientist who has dedicated his life to finding a way for humans to survive on earth, resulting in her ending up alone on the poisonous planet. But after her many radio broadcasts to other survivors on earth fall on deaf ears, a man (Mackie) eventually picks up her SOS and enters her little home. However, he is keen to make the last shuttle to Io, while Sam is demolished if she is to follow her late-father's footsteps and fight for Earth's survival, or leave it and escape from the planet.
So basically IO is like WALL-E But with people, and everything is terrible. While Mackie is the main feature of this movie, Netflix must be separated IO from the many apocalyptic films that needed the movie product market – including a series of sci-fi movies that took over the streaming service. I'm fascinated by Mackie's presence, but I don't know if it would be enough to get me interested enough to move my cursor to IO.
Directed by Jonathan Helpert from a script of Clay Jeto, Charles Spano, and Will Basanta, IO also stars Danny Huston.
Here is the official synopsis for IO:
Sam (Margaret Qualley), one of the last survivors of a post-cataclysmic earth, is a young scientist dedicated to finding a way for people to adapt and survive, rather than leaving their world. But with the last airport shuttle scheduled to leave the planet for a distant colony, her will to be rocked on the arrival of another survivor, Micah (Anthony Mackie). She must decide whether to travel with him to join the rest of mankind and begin life again, or continue to fight for the earth's survival.
IO debuts on Netflix on January 18, 2019.
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