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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Some violence in inert, misguided sci-fi robot story.

Movie NR 2020 105 minutes
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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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