I am late to the post-apocalyptic party watching this trailer, as it was released a week and a half ago, though in my defence, when I promised the PR I’d put it on the site I never said when.
And it all looks a little familiar: international treasure Tom Hanks playing a man left all alone, trying to survive, and creating a companion out of what he can find…
I like to think that Finch, played by Hanks, is actually Chuck Noland from Castaway, two decades on and having changed his name and taken up engineering when he got bored delivering parcels. And now, with the Earth destroyed by a solar disaster, his one-man survival skills are put to the test once more.
Here’s the very long synopsis:
A man, a robot and a dog form an unlikely family in a powerful and moving adventure of one man’s quest to ensure that his beloved canine companion will be cared for after he’s gone. Hanks stars as Finch, a robotics engineer and one of the few survivors of a cataclysmic solar event that has left the world a wasteland. But Finch, who has been living in an underground bunker for a decade, has built a world of his own that he shares with his dog, Goodyear. He creates a robot (Caleb Landry Jones), to watch over Goodyear when he no longer can. As the trio embarks on a perilous journey into a desolate American West, Finch strives to show his creation, who names himself Jeff, the joy and wonder of what it means to be alive. Their road trip is paved with both challenges and humour, as it’s as difficult for Finch to goad Jeff and Goodyear to get along as it is for him to manage the dangers of the new world.
I love the trailer, though I think I’d find Robot Jeff really annoying if we were the only ones left on Earth. Hopefully they manage to find some non-cannibal humans to befriend. Also I bet it turns out Finch built the dog too, out of some sacks and a cute dog mask.
We only have a few more weeks to wait to find out, as the Apple Original Film will premiere globally on Apple TV+ on 5 November, 2021. Finch is directed by Miguel Sapochnik.
AND Here’s the boring-but-necessary info on how to get Apple TV:
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