Set in the near future (and featuring the now-obligatory reference to the latest variant of Covid that the world is now dealing with!) Warning is a thought-provoking sci-fi thriller that explores the meaning of life through a number of interconnected stories. There’s no getting away from the comparisons to Black Mirror you’ll be making as each of the stories unfolds, it’s just a shame that the movie as a whole isn’t quite as cohesive and well delivered as that show is.
The opening story is the one that we will be coming back to the most during the movie and involves an astronaut (Thomas Jane) carrying out repair work on a satellite. A power surge sends him floating off into space, leaving him with only an AI link to talk to as he gazes down at the Earth and talks to the AI about his regrets. The surge is just the start of something much, much bigger though, as further electrical storms being to wreak havoc back on Earth.
Probably the most entertaining of the Earth-based stories involves a young woman (Alice Eve) who relies on God for guidance in every aspect of her life. However, here God is actually an Alexa-like device that can not only provide access to all of the worlds knowledge but can also listen to your prayers and sins. And, in a pending system update, God will also be capable of providing future foresight along with the ability to communicate with up to seven deceased relatives! Unfortunately though, the electrical chaos overnight has rendered her God device unusable, throwing her world into turmoil and forcing her to purchase the latest model, God 2.0!
Elsewhere, robot shelter worker Brian (Tomasz Kot) is unsuccessfully trying to sell an old second-hand robot (Rupert Everett) while Ben (Patrick Schwarzenegger) is using a VR headset to stalk his girlfriend Anna (Kylie Bunbury). Other stories include Liam (Alex Pettyfer) bringing his girlfriend Nina (Annabelle Wallis) home to meet his family, who, thanks to their wealth have been able to use technology in order to make themselves immortal, and a young girl who has agreed to rent out her body so that it can house the mind of an older guy, keen to use it for partying… and other things!
The concepts put forth in Warning are all hugely fascinating and the majority of the stories would also work extremely well if presented as feature-length movies of their own. However, as part of an anthology, each one barely provides enough to grab your interest and whet your appetite for more before jumping on to the next story. And it all proves to be a bit frustrating at times, especially when you’re hoping for a satisfying conclusion that doesn’t come.
Warning is the feature debut of director and co-writer Agata Alexander. Despite my frustrations, there’s still certainly enough here to make me excited to see what she does next.
Signature Entertainment presents Warning on Digital Platforms 25th October
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