G-Loc

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Violence, cursing in surprisingly thoughtful sci-fi.
  • PG-13
  • 2020
  • 92 minutes

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Positive Messages

Movie uses science fiction to address real-world problems like climate, as well as hostility toward immigrants. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lead character motivated by loss of his family. Villain motivated by suffering that his family and other "immigrants" from Earth experience at the hands of the Rheans. 

Violence

Basically, the first act consists of the two leads fighting with punches, kicks, large wrenches. Lead character watches his daughter get shot and killed. Characters fire guns; injuries, death. 

Sex
Language

Occasional profanity, including "f--k," "s--t," "a--holes," "ass," "bitch." Middle-finger gesture. Humor mined out of lead character learning curse words in language of planet he's headed to. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that G-Loc is a 2020 science fiction film in which a man tries to flee an uninhabitable Earth to a planet populated by former Earthlings that's now hostile to those trying to move there. For much of the first half of the movie, the two lead characters punch and kick each other, and sometimes try to knock each other out with giant wrenches. When that's not happening, a third character tries to take them both out in a similar fashion. In addition, there's gun violence and some shooting deaths. A main character watches his daughter get shot and killed. Occasional profanity is heard, including "f--k." Overall, the movie uses science fiction to make comments about contemporary problems such as prejudice and hatred toward immigrants, terrorism, and climate change. 

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What's the story?

In G-LOC, Bran Marshall (Stephen Moyer) has just fled Earth, a planet that's growing increasingly colder and inhospitable. Struggling with the losses of his wife and daughter, he's trying to reach the planet Rhea, a planet of former Earthlings who began leaving Earth 528 years prior. However, Rheans are now hostile to new arrivals from Earth. With the help of his snarky yet trusty handheld computer Edison, Bran manages to sneak onto a Rhean supply ship, only to find that the crew has been murdered. It doesn't take long for Bran to meet Ohsha, seemingly the only survivor on the ship. Ohsha instantly assumes that Bran is responsible for the killings because he's an Earthling. As Bran tries to prove that he had nothing to do with it, the two, along with Edison, make a terrifying discovery. The ship has been set on a collision course with a refugee camp filled with Earthlings. Now, Bran and Ohsha must find a way to stop the ship from its collision course and stop who or what is behind it, as Bran must also find a way to make peace with the tragedies of his past. 

Is it any good?

This is a surprisingly thoughtful science fiction movie. It's not perfect, but then again, many of the science fiction movies of the 1970s weren't perfect either, but they could still entertain in their own right while addressing the concerns of the contemporary world. Hatred and cruelty toward immigrants and climate change are the front-and-center concerns of G-Loc, while, to a lesser extent, it tries to address the root causes of terrorist acts. These concerns don't come across as heavy-handed or preachy, and for science fiction especially, that's quite the accomplishment. 

Still, there are too many sci-fi clichés happening at any given time. While it's admirable that they steered clear of the hatred that turns into love between the two lead characters, there's little doubt that that's where it's going. Speaking of '70s sci-fi, the snarkiness of the computer "Edison" begins to grow tiresome until it's revealed why he acts the way he does, and then it's a little less annoying and a little more poignant. All of this leads one to expect the worst as it starts, but the story, acting, and overall message help G-Loc to surpass expectations. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about dystopian science fiction movies. How does G-Loc compare to similar movies that depict an Earth and society breaking down? 

  • How does the movie use science fiction to address contemporary concerns? 

  • What are some other examples of science fiction movies and TV shows that use sci-fi to address contemporary concerns? 

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