ARQ is the latest Netflix original film, and for the most part, it’s a serviceable slice of sci-fi action. The film follows Renton (Robbie Amell) and Hannah (Rachael Taylor), who end up having their home invaded and held captive. Thing is, whenever Renton dies, the whole day starts over again, and they have to go through the motions again….and again….and again (you get the point). They have to find a way to get out of the temporal loop, or else they’re doomed to live the same day for the rest of their lives. Did I mention they can’t leave the house because the air is irradiated and the world has gone to shit?
The acting is, for the most part, great. Amell is charming and likable, and the goons who break into their home are menacing and have their own backstories which explain their motives. Rachael Taylor was good, but it sometimes felt like she was overacting.
The story is cool, but it’s definitely been done before (and better) in films such as Edge of Tomorrow. It’s still a fun thrill ride, though, with a few twists and turns I didn’t see coming. I just wish there had been a little bit more backstory to flesh out the film more.
The special effects were pretty cool, with the futuristic technology predicting what we may see gracing stores in the near future. The lighting and cinematography also lent the film a cool, thrilling touch.
ARQ is a fun sci-fi/action film that will make you think. The lighting, effects, and cinematography impress, and for the most part the acting is satisfactory. It may not be super original, but it definitely holds your attention.