Parents' Guide to

Undergods

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Dystopian fantasy collection has language, violence, trauma.

Movie NR 2021 92 minutes
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The debut feature from writer-director Chino Moya, this fantasy thriller suffers from a common complaint about music video and commercial directors transitioning into movies. Undergods has plenty of style, but not much substance. While this anthology of stories takes place in a well-shot, visually rich world, its characters rarely talk or behave in believable ways. As a result, each segment groans under the weight of seeming like it is trying to be a metaphor for something ­-- possibly how the modern world is slowly eroding people's living standards and ability to communicate effectively with one another. But everyone we meet is too cold and distant for us to care about their fates, or what overarching point it feels like the filmmaker is trying to make.

Moya would likely be able to create something dark, mysterious and humorous with a stronger script. But Undergods ends up trapped in the uneventful world it is trying to both warn us about and escape.

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