A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Futuristic sci-fi explores themes of life and death and how death brings purpose and meaning to life.
Positive Role Models
Main characters aren't so much characters as they are embodiments of belief systems.
Some diversity by race, ethnicity, and gender.
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Violence & Scariness
The closest this movie gets to anything resembling action and conflict happens when characters are captured (no resistance) and held until their memories are wiped clean.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief moment of passionate kissing in public.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that I Am Mortal is a 2022 futuristic sci-fi movie in which a young man wants the right to die in a society that has eliminated death. Through a light faith-based touch, the movie explores heady topics of life, death, and the meaning of existence; this makes the movie best enjoyed by audiences mature enough to reflect on these topics. Like many futuristic sci-fi movies, there are obvious parallels to today's world -- pandemics and societal discord inspire the geneticist who "saves" humanity to eliminate death and foster peace in society and from within through medication called "Maintenance." Brief kissing. The closest this movie gets to anything resembling action and conflict happens when characters are captured (no resistance) and held until their memories are wiped clean. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is an actionless futuristic sci-fi with heady topics that may not interest most kids. I Am Mortal explores the meaning of life, death, and existence, with some Sartre and C.S. Lewis quotes along the way. It's expressed not so much through the flat story of characters in a futuristic society of muted colors and bland '80s office buildings, but through preachy debate that makes the work of Ayn Rand seem subtle by comparison. We get very little about how this attempt at a post-pandemic "utopian" 23rd-century society actually operates, except that people live forever but they're put to sleep when they reach the peak of their physical and mental powers. Or something.
Besides the weird lapses in story logic happening throughout, some of the social commentary the movie is trying to make about our own world comes across as highly problematic. For instance, in this future world, people are kept happy and docile through medication given the blanket term "Maintenance," and when the lead characters stop taking their "maintenance," they experience remarkable clarity and lucidity about the world around them and how they feel and think. It's a mostly dated and borderline offensive commentary on mental illness as more of a societal construct than actual illness. Yes, harmony through pharmaceuticals has been an aspect of futuristic/dystopian sci-fi for a long time, but here such depictions come across as dated as astronauts in '60s sci-fi smoking cigarettes while landing on Neptune.
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