This good-looking sci-fi thriller has some fun set designs, but it also has a big "been there, done that" quality. Zone 414 borrows liberally from Blade Runner, Ghost in the Shell, and Westworld, without adding any new themes or interesting characters. David Carmichael feels like he walked out of an old-fashioned hard-boiled detective novel, and Pearce plays him with one note: kind of an annoyed, impatient grimace. And Fimmel gives an odd performance while slathered in puffy age makeup. Meanwhile, Lutz can't quite intuit where to draw the line between Jane's android body and her developing emotions, and her character comes across as just lost. Zone 414 tries to engineer an emotional connection between the two main characters, and it fails.
Aside from a handful of interesting sets -- Jane's vast apartment, decorated with creepy busts and a crashed chandelier -- and intriguing locations (a boat yard?), the movie doesn't really establish what Zone 414 is actually like, how you get there, where it is, how big it is, or what goes on behind the scenes. Time seems different, too. After David spends the night on Jane's couch, the next scene takes place ... at night. (What did they do all day?) Not long after that, it's dawn again. Many of the problems of Zone 414 are no doubt due to a low budget, but other devices -- like twitching surveillance footage -- suggest a lack of inventiveness, too. This story has been told many times before, and much better.