Netflix’s ‘Tau’ [Review]

Chris Savage

So, like most nights or at least those that I have free. I spend my time scouring Netflix for something to watch. Usually it’s watching a movie or TV show that I’ve seen a thousand times over or whenever Netflix releases one of their crime documentaries. But I thought I’d take a gander at a new Netflix original movie as they usually entertain me. So I came across one titled Tau, directed by Federico D’Alessandro and away I went…

The film follows a young woman named Julia (Maika Monroe), who makes her way in life by stealing items and pawning them off to get by. But before you can blink, Julia is suddenly abducted and held captive in what appears to be a fatal experiment. We soon learn that her captor Alex (Ed Skrein) is working on some advanced artificial intelligence and he needs live human subjects in order to complete his work, which requires a device implanted into their brain

And we get to see his accomplishments thus far in the form of the artificial intelligence unit Tau (voiced by Gary Oldman), much like HAL 2000 from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The program is tasked with the daily running of the home and the imprisonment of Alex’s captives. Tau is also equipped with a slew of drones and a menacing robot like ED-209, although granted, no way near as cool.

So, Julia must escape from the futuristic home before the experiment is complete in which the implant is removed resulting in her death, but will she?

Upon watching the film, it’s clear to see it’s heavily influenced by 2001: A Space Odyssey and Donald Cammell’s Demon Seed and yes, we’ve seen this type of movie time and time again, but maybe it’s because it’s just such an interesting topic especially with technology advancing in the past few years with Amazon’s Alexa and whatnot.

While it doesn’t really offer anything new, it still kept me entertained. So after watching the film I had a look at some reviews and there are some calling it a “disaster,” a “failure,” and multiple one or two star reviews. I’m just a little lost. I’m not too sure what they were expecting. For me it was simply a fun popcorn flick that kept me entertained and I even liked Gary Oldman’s voicing of the A.I. unit Tau which many panned.

I liked this, I really liked this. It was fun, simple and it kept me entertained. I can’t ask for much more. You guys should give this a watch and if you have, what did you think? Like it? Hate it? Hit us up.

4 / 5 stars     


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      1. Brad July 9, 2018 at 5:45 pm

        I haven’t seen it. But based on your review, I’ll certainly give it a shot. Just figured I’d sound off down here because I understand all too well one major point that you did hit: What the hell do people who write reviews want from films these days? It’s as if everything has to have some sort of “social commentary,” or some underlying political agenda. Be it the way people are cast, the stories being told, or how DP frames shots….someone out there is appaled, and can do it better from the armchair. Anyway….Thanks for being frank. Thanks for being honest. And most of all….Thanks for not having an ulterier motive. I’m out here, and I’ll keep reading.

        • Chris Savage July 9, 2018 at 8:10 pm

          Thanks for the comment and support Brad.

      2. Lee July 11, 2018 at 5:45 pm

        I thought the movie was good and I was totally entertained throughout.