Phil's Quick Capsule Review

Archive (2021) – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Archive, the feature debut of writer-director Gavin Rothery (who has credits on Moon and a bundle of computer games) , is a neat science fiction thriller that focuses on the story of George Almore who is working on a true human-equivalent AI in an attempt to reunite with his dead wife.  It may be unwieldy at times and undisciplined at others but there’s a LOT of promise here, not least in the story telling which ends with a truly surprising series of events.  Okay so maybe Ex Machina did all this better BUT that’s not to knock Rothery’s filmmaking talents… as a debut piece of work its pretty hard to fault.  Strong performances and some great FX add to this.  In short watch Archive as a precursor for what Rothery does next.

Best Bit: The ending

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Machine, Blade Runner, Ex Machina

7 out of 10 stars


Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...