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MicroReview: Tau (2018)

Tau Horror Movie Review

A woman is held captive by a scientist in a futuristic smart house, and hopes to escape by reasoning with the Artificial Intelligence that controls the house.


Tau Horror Movie ReviewWritten by Noga Landau (The Haunted) and directed by Federico D'Alessandro (feature debut), Tau is a surprisingly good little science fiction horror. Julia awakens as a captive in the house of eccentric billionaire (aren't they always?), Alex, as part of his intelligence experiments. Julia is instructed to undergo tests given by Tau, the titular A.I., and servant to Alex. As the film unfolds, it becomes something of a touching journey towards humanity, and self-realization.

With solid direction, lead, Maika Monroe (It Follows) does an excellent job as Julia, and Ed Skrein's (Deadpool) turn as the demented, yet quite likable Alex is outstandingly creepy. Possibly the biggest surprise, however, was Gary Oldman's (Bram Stoker's Dracula) casting as the voice of the A.I., Tau. Oldman is an extraordinary talent, and brings another dimension to the third character in what quickly becomes a three actor play.

The film is creepy in places, touching in others, and the genuine feeling of horror cannot be ignored. Tau is a stunning example of less is more, and a must see cerebral horror.

Excellent stuff.

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