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Movie Review – Io (2019)

Io, 2019.

Directed by Jonathan Helpert.

Starring Margaret Qualley, Anthony Mackie, Danny Huston and Tom Payne.


As a young scientist searches for a way to save a dying Earth, she finds a connection with a man who’s racing to catch the last shuttle off the planet.

Netflix deserves a small measure of praise for investing in so much stylish, well-acted sci-fi content across TV and film, but isn’t it a shame that so much of it turns out a largely superficial pleasure? That’s certainly the case with Io, an initially enticing yet largely underwhelming character drama with genre trimmings.

In a post-apocalyptic future, Earth’s atmosphere has become uninhabitable for humans, with what remains of humanity fleeing to a space station situated by Jupiter’s moon Io. Scientist Sam Walden (Margaret Qualley) is meanwhile one of the few remaining humans on Earth hoping to find a solution beyond abandoning home.

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