A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
As artificial intelligence (AI) technology advances, you can't always believe what you see. Companies sometimes put profit before safety. Privacy is easily invaded. Curiosity and courage are important character strengths.
Positive Role Models
Abi is a smart, successful woman, respected within her industry. She shows curiosity in wanting to better the T.I.M. prototypes and the courage to override her boss when she believes he's wrong. Though T.I.M. displays superhuman strength, she uses her intelligence and technical knowledge to fight back. She also stands up for what she wants within her romantic relationship, though is unable to move on from her husband's affair. This leads her to trust T.I.M. over Paul and turn a blind eye to worrying behaviors. Paul is caught between being a loving husband attempting to make up for past behavior, and feeling frustrated in his environment and acting out. He's wary of T.I.M. but unable to communicate beyond jealousy, underestimating T.I.M.'s power and putting himself in danger.
There is ethnic diversity within the main cast. Lead actor, Georgina Campbell, is biracial, of Jamaican and English heritage, and supporting actor Amara Karan is an English actor of Sri Lankan descent. Both their characters are portrayed as strong, intelligent women. Karan's character, Rose, is smart and empathetic, sensing there is something wrong at the house and showing great courage in trying to help. Campbell's Abi plays the head of department at her work, her skills respected by her colleagues. She is surrounded by White men in her job, who are portrayed as arrogant and patronizing at times. At a party, her boss says of her: "we need a bit of diversity in the group," and refers to her as "a smart cookie" elsewhere. Relationships are all heteronormative, with even the male-presenting AI falling for a woman.
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Violence & Scariness
Numerous moments of threat. A car drives out of control and crashes, flipping over and landing a passenger in hospital, hooked up to machines with scratches to their face and bandages on their arm. Another car is driven into a house, resulting in a wall of windows smashing. Characters are knocked unconscious with a shovel and other items. A person has their arms and legs bound and is forcefully drowned in a bath. Blood is seen on injuries and a dead body is shown. A character has pills and alcohol forced down their throat to stage a suicide. Another is strangled and held aloft by the neck over the side of a building. A large pole is used to spear a character and another is stabbed with a knife, resulting in blood from the neck and stomach. A mouse is dropped down a garbage disposal unit and heard being ground up.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters kiss on the lips, strip down to their underwear, and sex is portrayed on-screen beneath the sheets. A character is seen topless from behind, with the tops and sides of their breasts shown. There is mention of porn and an affair. A character watches another and sniffs their clothes with the implication they are sexually attracted to them.
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Occasional language includes "f--k," "f----r," "s--t," "a--hole," "hell," and "bloody," as well as exclamations of "Jesus" and "for God's sake."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink wine with dinners and champagne at a party, and one smokes cigarettes. A person has pills and alcohol forced down their throat to look like suicide.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that T.I.M. is a sci-fi thriller about lifelike artificial intelligence (AI) with moments of violence, sex, and occasional bad language. It follows a couple who move into a new home that comes complete with its own T.I.M. (Technologically Integrated Manservant). However, the access and control T.I.M. (Eamon Farren) has over their lives and environment soon causes issues. There are moments of threat, including car crashes and characters knocked unconscious, bound, strangled, and drowned. Dead bodies and brief glimpses of wounds are shown. Occasional strong language includes "f--k" and "s--t," and characters drink alcohol, though not to the point of inebriation. Sex is portrayed on-screen beneath the sheets. The main cast shows ethnic diversity, with lead character, Abi, played by biracial actor Georgina Campbell, and supporting character Rose played by an actor of Sri Lankan heritage, Amara Karan. While not wildly original, the film is tense and creepy in places and will appeal to older teens and adults who enjoy a sci-fi thriller set in the not-too-distant future. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Writer-director Spencer Brown's feature film debut almost makes up in looks and atmosphere what it lacks in originality, but the story never quite comes to full life. T.I.M. follows a familiar formula: humanlike AI learns too much, becomes too human, gets a little creepy, then turns on the very humans it's supposed to serve. The film brings the paranoia home by tying in things that are already happening -- giving certain programs access to credit cards, passwords, metabolic data, thoughts, and desires -- and takes it just a step further to show the dangers of giving away our privacy and control to things most of us don't fully understand. Eamon Farren offers a solid performance that moves from robotic to sinister in the twitch of an eye -- even small moments of violence making a strong impact compared to the slow, controlled movements elsewhere -- and the high-tech home itself feels claustrophobic, labyrinthine, and ominous. But the plot is fairly predictable from the get-go, with no great moments of impact beyond the suddenness of some of the violence, which will likely surprise viewers as much as it does the characters caught in its iron-clad grasp.
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