DVD Review: LIFE LIKE

LIFE LIKE was written and directed by Josh Janowicz and stars Drew Van Acker, Addison Timlin, James D’Arcy and Steven Strait.

An idealistic attractive young couple acquires a stunning, lifelike robot for guilt free help, but as the three grow closer, their perception of humanity will be altered forever. In this futuristic thriller, Sophie (Addison Timlin) and James (Drew Van Acker) purchase a lifelike robot to cook and clean at their sprawling new home. At first, android Henry is quiet and hard-working. But as his artificial-intelligence programming kicks in, Henry starts to anticipate the couple’s needs and desires, ones they themselves cannot fully understand. Will Henry’s terrifying behavior destroy Sophie and Julian’s relationship—and their lives?

James and Sophie have a great life where they live in an apartment in the city. James lives off his trust fund with no worries in the world until his father passes away which leaves him feeling obligated to move into the family mansion and run the business. The couple moves into the large home and the free-spirited Sophie quickly relieves all the help from their duties and sends them away. James doesn’t like Sophie’s choice but goes along with it because he wants to support his wife even though she ends up feeling overwhelmed and can’t keep up with the daily duties.

This is when James gets with his friend Julian (James D’Arcy), who owns this state of the art A.I. company, to send over an android to help his wife around the house. Henry (Steven Strait) is a mild mannered android that’s programmed to please his owner in any way possible. It’s all great in the beginning but as Sophie becomes more reliant on Henry, the more it drives a wedge in her relationship with James. It gets to the point that James becomes jealous of Henry and when things couldn’t get any worse the android makes his move on Sophie who gets freaked out by his sexual advancement on her. This is where the stressed out couple finally draws the line and wants the android removed from their home but their rejection also reveals the shocking truth about Henry.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and specs. The DVD disc is flat grey and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I enjoyed Life Like for what it was and that’s a low budget sci-fi thriller that deals with artificial intelligence that gets mixed with lust and temptation. Needless to say, Life Like is a sexy sci-fi thriller with a touch of self discovery. The concept for this was interesting but the story has a few flaws that I caught. I can’t get into it because it’s a major spoiler but it has to do with this android and the big reveal. I thought the cast did a really good job with their interesting characters and the movie itself was a pretty cool but flawed watch. Don’t expect this sci-fi thriller to be filled with special effects because it’s more of a character driven drama than anything else. Life Like will be available on DVD on May 14th and is worth a watch.

Distributor: Lionsgate

Run Time: 95 Minutes

Rated: R

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette (25:05) and the official trailer (01:57).

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