The film is set after most of the Earth’s population has journeyed to Jupiter’s titular moon to escape the dying planet. We follow Sam (Qualley), a young scientist who’s decided to stay behind to find a way to save the Earth. There’s one shuttle left to join the distant colony, and with the arrival of another survivor (Mackie), Sam has to make a choice whether to leave or stay and continue the good fight.
It feels like we’re getting sci-fi pics like this quite often these days, although that’s not to say there won’t be any unique turns in this one. We’ve got two more than capable stars that could elevate the familiar material, and a concept that could allow for some good character studies and/or sci-fi ideas. Let’s hope there isn’t a highly negative reason as to why this was delayed from release for so long; it was filmed back in 2016. We’ll see.
The film is directed by French filmmaker Jonathan Helpert, who comes from the short film circuit and has a little-seen sci-fi mystery film titled House of Time.
As usual, Netflix has released this trailer quite close to release. IO, also starring Danny Huston, will be hitting the streaming service on January 18.
Netflix’s official synopsis for IO:
Sam (Margaret Qualley), one of the last survivors on a post-cataclysmic Earth, is a young scientist dedicated to finding a way for humans to adapt and survive, rather than abandon their world. But with the final shuttle scheduled to leave the planet for a distant colony, her determination to stay is rocked by the arrival of another survivor, Micah (Anthony Mackie). She must decide whether to journey with him to join the rest of humanity and begin life anew, or stay to fight for Earth’s survival.