review by Bobby Blakey
I love all things Colin Farrell so his involvement with anything is enough to get me to watch it. He has taken on some pretty interesting roles through his career and more often than not the stranger the better for me. His latest, After Yang co-stars Jodie Turner-Smith, Justin H. Min, Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja, Sarita Choudhury, Clifton Collins Jr. and Haley Lu Richardson from Columbus director Kogonada. Could this film bring something interesting to the world of androids or will it fail to reboot the ideals?
After Yang follows Jake who searches for a way to repair his young daughter's beloved companion, an android named Yang, after he malfunctions. In the process, Jake discovers the life that has been passing in front of him, reconnecting with his wife and daughter across a distance he didn't know was there.
I didn’t know much about this film, but thought it looked pretty interesting in where it could possibly go. The film ended up not being anything like what I had initially expected, but that wasn’t a bad thing. The film fully lives up to its title being a slow paced film that is really more about life, loss and moving on than it is about the android element.
Make no mistake this is the catalyst to it all and there is a mystery trying to be solved as it progresses, but it wasn’t the deeper revelation that I had expected. It’s kind of a mundane slow burn that is part of just how life works. I honestly expected more with dealing of the android stuff so was a bit let down there, but at the same time found it compelling to the story they were telling. It does
have kind of an anticlimactic ending in its revelation, but sometimes that is how life is and I feel that real element is what they were going for.
This is a beautiful film that stands out as a real story with a sci-fi twist, but won’t work for everyone. It isn’t as good as I had expected it, but compelling enough that it kept me invested throughout. Decide for yourself and check out After Yang available now on Blu-ray, DVD and digital from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.