Alec Baldwin, Danny Glover, Michelle Ryan
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Andron is as derivative as it sounds…
It doesn’t take long into Andron before it feels like you’ve seen this kind of film before. A group of people wake up trapped in the confines of a large maze, with no idea of how they got there, or distressingly, who they are. Outside of the maze, it’s the year 2154 and society has crumbled into poverty whilst “The Nine Corporations” continue to prosper. As a way to distract the great unwashed from the unfairness of their situation, the elite have created “The Redemption Games” (no, really), which are beamed daily directly into people’s homes. If our amnesiac leads escape the maze, they get to live, but only one can do so! Cue lots of puzzle solving, back biting, and even an attempted coup led by Skunk Anansi’s lead singer, Skin.
Andron is as derivative as it sounds, cherry-picking from The Hunger Games and Maze Runner to name but just two. Whilst the film at least throws adult characters into its scenario to duke it out, instead of the usual late teens that we’ve become accustomed to, there’s nothing much here to distinguish it from any other dystopian movie that’s been released in the last five years. There’s even a corrupt politician and dubious TV executive in the forms of Danny Glover and Alec Baldwin, respectively. The former mostly grumbles whilst the latter talks seemingly only in catchphrases that feel like they too have been cribbed from elsewhere. “Now the real game begins,” Baldwin can be heard to murmur at one point.
Sluggishly paced and sometimes incomprehensible, audiences are too switched on to accept this kind of home brand knock-off. And whilst a sequel is forcibly suggested by the rather unsubtle mention of there being a “Level 2”, it’s perhaps best that further instalments of this game are given a bit more thought.