Published November 6, 2021


Film info

  • Title Finch
  • Director Miguel Sapochnik
  • Year 2021
  • Run time 1hr 55m
  • Genres Adventure, Drama, Science-Fiction
  • Tagline Build courage, build hope, build love

Tom Hanks is Finch, a man who embarks on a moving and powerful journey to find a new home for his unlikely family - his beloved dog and a newly created robot - in a dangerous and ravaged world.

Live blog

Time Comment
3:28 Of all the songs to survive the apocalypse, American Pie would not be my first choice.
6:02 The little reverse beep is adorable when there’s no one else around.
15:02 Sacrificing one robot for another is a new moral dilemma.
19:16 Asimov at work again.
20:32 “Oh sheet.”
23:39 The dog is better on the treadmill than I am.
32:44 The robot rattles now.
41:49 “Initiative,” with a thumbs up. Adorable.
47:02 How DO you explain trust?
55:50 “I know you were born yesterday but it’s time for you to grow up!”
1:07:47 Is it bad that I could watch robots messing about in an abandoned hospital all day?
1:15:17 Oh my god, low bridge. This is so stressful.
1:19:40 “Once upon a time there was a solar flare, but the flare didn’t finish us off. We did that to ourselves.”
1:29:14 Can robots dream? There’s a book about that, right…
1:50:00 The dog is the ‘and’ in the credits.


Obviously the comparisons to Cast Away are super easy, but this was a different beast. Tom Hanks is incredible at holding the screen but he has more to play off this time, with a couple of companions, both living and robotic. The team are forced to go on a journey which means we get to see the incredible landscapes of a post-apocalyptic US, and follow Hanks as he tells a couple of heartbreaking stories along the way.

I struggle with robots in movies because I get too attached, and the adorable Jeff didn’t help this problem, but it was worth it. A top movie, Hanks delivering again, and leaving a lot to think about.

Rating: 5 / 5

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