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Screener Squad: Atlas

Atlas Movie Review


Atlas Shepherd (Jennifer Lopez), is an analyst with a deep distrust of artificial intelligence. She has committed her life to Blade Runn-er-um-searching for fugitive AI terrorists, specifically Harlan (Simu Liu), the AI who gained sentience 28 years ago and led a robot rebellion that left 3 million Earthlings dead before military forces sent Harlan fleeing into outer space. Decades later, one of Harlan’s agents is captured and interrogated by Atlas. She discovers that the robot war monger has escaped to a planet in the Andromeda Galaxy and insists that she accompany the military mission to find and capture the monster. Upon arriving on the planet, Atlas is forced to trust an AI mech suit named Smith in order to survive the harsh conditions of the planet and somehow hunt down her archenemy. It’s your classic Asimov inspired tale of sentient robots realising the best way to save humanity from itself is to whip it out, and only one woman can stop the end of all mankind. T.C., Rae, and Neil gather in the One Of Us/Tyrell Corporation HQ to suss out the good, the bad, and the derivative of this new Netflix/J.Lo production.


DIRECTED BY: Brad Peyton

STARRING: Jennifer Lopez, Simu Liu, Sterling K. Brown, Gregory James Cohan, Abraham Popoola, Lana Parrilla, Mark Strong




T.C. De Witt (Screener Squad)

T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He’s been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, podcaster published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. He is now a professional screenwriter and has been thriving for the past decade, regularly offering his talents to production studios in LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, and internationally in Sydney and Poland. He’s provided content for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and several YouTube partners. His films have screened internationally, and his stageplays have been performed across the country. In the last ten years, he has directed 57 films, 23 episodes of his series The One Minute Rewatch, 300+ episodes of podcasts, and his multi-award-winning short film Screen: Righter screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2016. He has released two feature films, The Princess Knight and A Christmas Sunset. He thrives on collaboration and the thrill of sharing stories in all forms.



Lyrae Anderson (Screener Squad)

You can call me Rae. You can also call me a film lover. I’ll watch it all — small screen; big screen, and everything in between. I have attended and worked for Fantastic Fest and South by Southwest for many years. I married a film geek as well. While we don’t agree on everything, we agree on our love of movies.





Neil Anderson (Screener Squad)

I first got hooked on movies when I saw Star Wars at a drive-in theater as a kid. Growing up in a small, rural town meant not having access to a lot of movies. In college, that all changed. I couldn’t get enough. I love it all — flicks, films, movies, and cinema. I still have that wide-eyed wonder of that kid watching movies from the back of a pick-up truck at the drive-in.



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