Releasing Date:- 09 Oct, 2023
Genre:- Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Cinema:- Movie (English)
Streaming on:- hulu
IMDb Rating:- 5.2/10
Cast & Crew:-
Director:- Sean King O’Grady
Actor:- Lil Rel Howery, Pat Healy, Karen Obilom
The Mill Story:-
A businessman wakes up in an open-air prison cell with only an antique grist mill for company. Forced to work as a beast of burden, he must find a way to flee before his child is born.
The Mill Review:-
If we are at a tipping point in our country’s debate about the future of labor, “The Mill” appears to be a film made for the occasion. Sean King O’Grady’s dystopian thriller almost literally translates the concept of cog in a machine, following Joe (Lil Rel Howery), a middle manager within a major corporation called Mallard, as he mysteriously wakes up in an open-air prison and is forced to push a grist mill hundreds of times, 18 hours a day. He has no idea how he got there; all he knows is that, as a neighboring prisoner who speaks to him via a vent explains, you best keep working or you’ll be “terminated.”
It’s an intentionally understated piece of work—the majority of the movie takes place in this one tiny outdoor area—but its simplicity highlights the movie’s frequently slovenly production. Ironically, despite aiming for razor-sharp commentary, at times the film reads like an A.I. generator took a few anticapitalist talking points — the ruthlessness of the corporate apparatus, the unwieldy danger of Big Tech’s algorithms, the power of labor organizing — and spit out a serviceable but unimaginative dystopian satire.
Howery is not a strong enough dramatic actor to maintain a single-setting, single-character film like this consistently compelling, and the movie lacks any well-executed surprises to help it move beyond one-dimensional parody. The movie has the impression of an overlong, weak episode of “Black Mirror” as Mallard’s computer master increases Joe’s labor requirements and punishments: it’s mildly entertaining but lacks any political impact.
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