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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Examines the concepts of identity and freedom. Why would anyone volunteer to become a "Mungo"? Once volunteered, does that person continue to have any rights over their own experiences, memories, and identity? Can a person choose who to love?
Positive Role Models
Most of these dull characters don't do much, and the main character's entire motivation is questionable from the start.
Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting. Blood shown. Bloody corpse. Character with burned face. Mungo being tortured/humiliated. One character punches another in the crotch. Creepy, nightmarish imagery. Character bleeds black blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing. Couple in bed together. Shirtless man.
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"Son of a bitch," "hell," "what in Christ's name."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine-drinking in social setting. Dialogue about taking drugs and overdosing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wetware is a sci-fi movie about an engineer in the near future who re-programs people and gets into trouble when he falls for one of his creations. It has guns and shooting, blood, a bloody corpse, a character with a burned face, punching, humiliation, and some creepy, nightmarish sequences. Characters kiss, a couple lies in bed together, and a man is shown shirtless. Language is sparse but includes "son of a bitch," "hell," and "what in Christ's name?" A woman has a glass of wine in a social situation, and a character talks about doing drugs and overdosing. It's pretty dull and somewhat misguided, but mature sci-fi fans may want to give it a shot for its homages to Blade Runner. 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 cold, inert, misguided sci-fi story starts with a peculiar idea that never takes hold and then never really moves; it's mostly dull talk about the supposed meaning of it all. There's no discussion or explanation in Wetware as to why anyone would ever volunteer to become a Mungo, deliberately leaving behind their memories and identities. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind took a far more beautiful, meaningful deep-dive into this same theme and determined that it's not a good idea. Plus, the so-called spy/love robots are shown to be rather ineffectual, and the scenes of fighting and loving are curiously flat.
Even Jerry O'Connell, easily the movie's most recognizable actor (he's prominently featured in the marketing materials), just plays a banker who spends the entire movie trying to decide whether or not to buy the new technology; he basically sits and has glum chats with others. Wetware is also highly indebted to Blade Runner, and it pays homage to that film in many ways, from its opening crawl with certain words colored red to a use of the offensive phrase "skin jobs." But no amount of slowness, attempts at artful lighting, or weird effects like a "snowfall" inside Jack and Kay's chamber can make it come even close to that cinematic landmark.
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