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Film Review – ATLAS (2024): Brad Peyton’s Fair Science Fiction Film Offers Originality and Jennifer Lopez at Her Most Intriguing

Film Review – ATLAS (2024): Brad Peyton’s Fair Science Fiction Film Offers Originality and Jennifer Lopez at Her Most Intriguing

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Atlas Review

Atlas (2024) Film Review, a movie directed by Brad Peyton, written by Leo Sardarian and Aron Eli Coleite and starring Jennifer Lopez, Simu Liu, Sterling K. Brown, Gregory James Cohan, Abraham Popoola, Lana Parrilla, Mark Strong, Briella Guiza, Adia Smith-Eriksson, Logan Hunt, Jared Shimabukuro, Ashley J. Hicks, Paul Ganus, Zoe Boyle, Howland Wilson, Justin Walker White, Michelangelo Hyeon and Gloria Cole

Jennifer Lopez stars in Atlas, director Brad Peyton’s imaginative science-fiction vision of a future where Artificial Intelligence is somehow concerned with human preferences regarding which they prefer more: Cake or pie. Atlas relies heavily on the concept of Artificial Intelligence and weighs both the pros and cons of AI with intriguing, if not always entirely successful, results. The movie enthusiastically presents “mechs” which I’ve seen before but never really appreciated until now. They are robotic suits that are inhabited by humans. Lopez gets into a mech where she meets a nice AI named Smith (voice of Gregory James Cohan). Since this bond formed between Lopez’s character and Smith is the most believable relationship formed in the movie, it’s a stretch to see Atlas as your typical every day type of film. It certainly is an original film, to say the least.

The always reliable Lopez stars in the film as Atlas Shepherd, an impulsive, but dedicated, woman who believes she is responsible for her mom’s death and has a good reason to believe it. Turns out, her mom was seemingly the one who created an AI monster who tried to defeat humans. Initially focused in 2043, that evil character called Harlan (Simu Liu) ultimately led the world to its near-demise with the deaths of a significant amount of human beings. Harlan is soon indirectly banished into space.

This movie jumps to 2071. The action takes Lopez to a new planet where the action of the film is centered. Sterling K. Brown serves as Colonel Elias Banks. He plays an integral part of the action in the new picture and it’s to Brown’s credit that Banks is a likable character for much of the film. Brown can pretty much do wrong but since his role here is not well-developed, Banks takes second fiddle to the non-human Smith in terms of the film’s supporting characters.

Liu’s villain character is hit-and-miss in the picture but there are some solid scenes where Atlas confronts Harlan and these sequences are certainly competently directed here. Liu is guided by some visual effects which heighten the character of Harlan and give him some distinct edge as the primary bad guy in the film.

The majority of the cast is certainly proficient. In a smaller role, Lana Parrilla as Val, Atlas’s mom is on-point and, as the young Atlas, Briella Guiza shines bright. Lopez is at the top of her game, creating an emotionally scarred women who almost literally carries the weight of the world on her shoulders for a large portion of the film’s nearly two-hours long running time. Smith and Atlas are the two characters who the movie wisely focuses on in-between scenes of the evil Harlan trying to conquer the world for his own wicked schemes. Smith is well-voiced and it’s interesting that a movie could get its audience to care about a character who is essentially just a voice of AI.

Lopez digs deep inside the character of Atlas. This movie is clever not to make the Lopez character out as anything less than larger than life. Atlas possesses emotional issues that have been seen in countless other action movie heroes but there’s something relatable about Lopez’s performance as she plays Atlas as well as she possibly could, even if the script is occasionally a bit threadbare despite its grand themes of the pros and cons of embracing Artificial Intelligence.

The plot of Atlas doesn’t always sustain the film’s padded running time. There’s too much and too little going on at the same time. This picture rests on its action scenes more than anything else and though the last confrontation between Harlan and Atlas is interesting, it could have been better. As far as action movies go, Atlas ranks somewhere in the middle of the pack but Lopez carries the film through the slumps whenever she can.

Atlas may be thought-provoking at times but for Lopez and Brown, this film is simply a more profitable venture for the stars than an exercise for its cast to flex its acting muscles. While the visual effects are good, Atlas is somewhat of a letdown. However, it’s the most unique and watchable let-down of the year. Lopez puts her heart and soul into every part she plays and she’ll keep viewers interested in the action if they are so inclined to watch this film. The mech suit may ultimately be the movie’s saving grace and will immediately inspire viewers to want to try one on. If you watch this film and want to be like Lopez, it’s no accident. She’s great and relatable even if the plot meanders more often than not.

Rating: 6/10

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