‘Finch’: Tom Hanks, His Dog, and a Robot Try to Survive in Apple’s Post-Apocalyptic Drama

A dog, indeed, is man’s best friend. Even in a post-apocalyptic world. And who better than Tom Hanks to make the viewers feel better when a catastrophe has destroyed Earth. Add a robot to the mix and we have ourselves a winning team. At least, that’s what Hanks in the Apple TV+ film Finch wants the audience to think.

The trailer for Hanks’ new film debuted recently. It gives the viewers a glimpse of the world after a “solar flare” destroys it.

Tom Hanks, in a black suit and sporting a white beard, at the Governor's Awards Gala in 2019.
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Tom Hanks plays the titular role in ‘Finch’

HanksFinch is the last man on Earth trying to survive. But he finds he has company — of a dog. With his new friend, Finch, an inventor who is not in the pink of his health, leaves his lab after a storm warning. But first, he creates a robot, Jeff, to keep him and his dog company. 

“Robots must protect dog,” Jeff says for its first words.

Together, the trio journey to the west to find a safe haven in the mountains. But their way is plagued by dangerous wind and sand storms, unbearable heat and radiation, and even people, “hiding in the shadows,” as Finch puts it.

The three however find their fun. A robot that learns how to walk, how to drive an RV, and how to talk dog makes the life-threatening journey easier. The light-hearted tone of the movie takes away the intensity of the dire situation the trio is in. 

As the trailer progresses, the movie promises to be a lesson in courage, hope, and love. It iterates the message, as three species come together, that one cannot survive without each other. “Not without my team,” as Finch says. “What we do, we do together.”

Miguel Sapochnik has directed ‘Finch’

Sapochnik is the Game of Thrones director credited with famous episodes like the last two season six episodes Battle of the Bastards and The Winds of Winter. The episodes became fan favorites. Battle of the Bastards, regarded as one of the best of the series, got Sapochnick an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing For a Drama Series.

Finch also stars Caleb Landry Jones as the voice of Jeff, the robot. Craig Luck and Ivor Powell wrote the movie that is produced by Robert Zemeckis. 

Shot in Alburquerque, New Mexico, Santa Fe, Los Lunas, Socorro, and the White Sands National Monument, the movie comes out this year. Though it was intended to release in 2020.

The movie also changed names

Originally slated to come out in October 2020, the film experienced several delays due to the pandemic. In 2020, the movie was called Bios. Universal Pictures was its distributor and it was due for a theatrical release. The movie was initially pushed to an April 2021 release but was delayed again.

After several delays, Apple TV+ stepped in. Bios was retitled to Finch. Universal Pictures still retains home entertainment and linear television rights to the film. But the movie will release on Apple TV+ on Nov. 5.

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