We've seen the story of a man and his dog, a man and his robot, and even a man and his robot dog. But we've never had the ultimate trio. A man, dog, and robot all together. Throw in Tom Hanks as the man and this may be the cutest ensemble in cinematic history. These characters together sound like a picnic that you'd like to be a part of. Now change the setting to a desolate dust bowl of radiation. To survive in this world, Finch (Tom Hanks) will be traveling across the U.S. with his dog and his new robot trying to avoid places with direct sunlight or harsh weather conditions. It'll be up to Finch to teach his android companion the ropes of what it takes to live in this wasteland. Before you watch "Finch," take a look at our review.
Reasons to Watch...
- Tom Hanks reminds us of his "Castaway" days as he excels in this one-man show unleashing his full range of emotions. We ride shotgun on his physical and psychological expedition into the unknown.
- This road trip disaster film is intelligent in that it uses all conflicts that arise during the long drive to San Francisco as teachable moments. These valuable and sometimes harsh lessons span all elements of the human condition.
- "Finch" is a surprisingly sensitive film that everyone can relate to in some way. It really takes the time to get you emotionally invested in all of its characters, with only one of them being a human.
- There are many shared nuances with similar tropes that other films have explored before. The only main difference is the characters themselves.
- Though we get various moments of discord, it feels as though there could have been much more. It's almost too simple for its own good.
- The film weighs a bit too heavily on the charisma and star power that Hanks brings to the table.
Watch or Not?
After watching "Finch," we say you should check it out.
Though it can be argued that parts of this film have been done before, we've never specifically had a man, dog, and robot all working together in search of a sustainable life on a post-apocalyptic Earth. And Hanks proves to us that he still has what it takes to helm a film all on his own. America's dad has done it again!
Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.