IO

I don’t know whether it’s the cinematography or the overall feel of the film that initially pulls you in. But you are instantly drawn into this world in which some ecological event has made the air dangerous

. It instantaneously gives the feeling of loneliness as you watch the main character walks around in solitude attempting to find signs of life in an abandoned earth.


It’s worth watching if you don’t mind a beautiful film with a very weak ending. More of a character study than an actual movie.

It would have been great as a side story in another film.


Main Story


Nearly the entire population of Earth has left on vessels to live in orbit around IO one of the moons of Jupiter.

There, unseen throughout the movie they are attempting to find a new habitable planet for the survivors of Earth.

The main character, Sam aka. Samantha has decided to continue the work of her father, a scientist who has died at some point in the recent past.

Until without notice a man arrives in a hot air balloon to meet with her father. ( It sounds more ridiculous than it is, inside the world it makes sense.)


Tension builds as the man discovers that the father scientist has died and he has made the trip for nothing.

The last vessel leaving the earth is scheduled to leave in a few days, the wind is going in the wrong direction for the air balloon to make the trip.

When the site of the launch is changed (it is the last vessel, but then they change location?) they don’t have enough helium for the balloon.

The film doesn’t fall apart, but the ending is so lackluster that I was left mildly disappointed. It’s a film that is filled with a post-apo atmosphere, and the sets are very good looking and visually striking.

The only problem is the plot is so full of holes that you wonder whether or not all this art direction would have been better off in another film.


Margaret Qualley is enjoyable to watch as “Sam.” The young protagonist of the film and is believable as an overly intelligent dumbass with a fast and loose moral compass.

Anthony Mackie who plays “Micah” playing alternatively between angry and attempting to be helpful.


You see more the beginnings of an abusive relationship in his character than someone who is trying to help.

They eventually end up together at the end of the movie, and it isn’t really shocking so much as it is kind of a weird response.


Danny Huston is there to portray the father in a few brief scenes. His portrayal is wooden and could have been played by literally anyone else.

I’m not damning his acting abilities; it is just that you see him so little that it is basically not even worth having him in the film.


Decent movie if you are bored.

A movie you can watch and get up in during the middle of it and not have to worry about finishing later.


The tag line of the movie should have been, “IO, it’s ok I guess.”

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