Review – Atlas

Review – Atlas

Review – Atlas
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PG-13 2024 ‧ Sci-fi/Action ‧ 2 hours
Written by Leo Sardarian, Aron Eli Coleite
Directed by Brad Peyton


 Jennifer Lopez, Simu Liu, Sterling K. Brown, and Mark Strong


(In their own words). A brilliant data analyst with a deep distrust of AI finds it may be her only hope when a mission to capture a renegade robot goes awry.

In a bleak-sounding future, an A.I. soldier has determined that the only way to end war is to end humanity.

Atlas. Jennifer Lopez as Atlas Shepherd. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix ©2024.


The BEST things about the film

  1. Special Effects: The visual effects are stunning, especially the realistic depiction of the mech suits.
  2. Jennifer Lopez’s Performance: Jennifer Lopez delivers a strong performance as the lead character, Atlas.
  3. Interesting Premise: The film raises thought-provoking questions about AI and its role in humanity’s future.
  4. Action Sequences: The action scenes are engaging and well-executed.
  5. AI-Human Relationship: The evolving relationship between Atlas and the AI Smith adds depth to the storyline.


The WORST things about the film

  1. Underdeveloped Villain: The main villain needs more depth and clear motivation, which weakens the overall impact.
  2. Script Issues: The writing needs to fully develop the characters or the plot, leading to a less compelling story.
  3. Plot Holes: Several plot holes can detract from the viewing experience.
  4. Pacing: The film’s pacing is uneven, with some parts feeling rushed and others dragging.
  5. Forgettable: Despite its strengths, the film lacks staying power and may not leave a lasting impression.
Atlas. Sterling K. Brown as Colonel Banks in Atlas. Cr. Beth Dubber/Netflix ©2024.


Netflix has become a powerhouse in film production, but its output varies significantly in quality. “Atlas” is a prime example of this inconsistency. While Netflix has delivered some cinematic gems, it has also released many forgettable films. “Atlas,” unfortunately, falls somewhere in the middle. Despite its captivating special effects and intriguing premise, the film only partially lives up to its potential. The variability in Netflix’s film quality can make it difficult to approach new releases with clear expectations, and “Atlas” exemplifies this challenge.

Jennifer Lopez’s involvement in “Atlas” immediately piqued my interest. As a celebrity, she has a magnetic presence, and her filmography, though mixed, includes some standout performances. In “Atlas,” Lopez delivers a commendable performance, but the film’s flaws overshadow her efforts. Her role as Atlas, a data analyst with a deep distrust of AI, adds a layer of complexity to the narrative, yet the script does not fully explore this potential. Lopez’s choice to participate in this sci-fi project reflects her willingness to take on diverse roles, though the film sometimes matches her caliber.

As a fan of the sci-fi genre, “Atlas” initially seemed promising. The film’s concept of a future where AI soldiers pose a significant threat to humanity is compelling. The central premise, involving a protagonist who must rely on the technology she distrusts, sets the stage for an engaging narrative. However, the film struggles to maintain this intrigue due to script issues and underdeveloped characters. The sci-fi elements are present, but they do not merge into a cohesive and intellectually stimulating experience, which is often a hallmark of the genre.

Atlas. Jennifer Lopez as Atlas Shepherd. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix ©2024.

One of the more intriguing aspects of “Atlas” is its potential for discussion. The film raises important ethical questions about the role of AI in society and its potential impact on humanity. These themes are timely and relevant, especially as discussions about AI become more prevalent in real life. However, “Atlas” is more interesting to talk about than to watch. The film’s execution does not fully explore these ethical dilemmas, leaving viewers with more questions than answers. While this can spark conversation, it also highlights the film’s shortcomings in storytelling.

It is refreshing to see a female-led film that does not center around romance. “Atlas” focuses on Atlas’s mission and her internal struggle with AI, avoiding the common trope of a romantic subplot. This focus on her professional and ethical challenges is a strength of the film. However, the lack of strong supporting characters, particularly a compelling villain, detracts from the overall impact. The film’s attempt to balance action and depth results in an uneven narrative that fails to engage the audience fully.

In summary, “Atlas” showcases the best and worst of Netflix’s film production capabilities. While it offers stunning visual effects and a thought-provoking premise, it is hampered by underdeveloped characters, script issues, and an uneven narrative. Jennifer Lopez’s performance is a highlight, but it is not enough to elevate the film to greatness. “Atlas” ultimately serves as a conversation piece about AI and ethics rather than a memorable cinematic experience.


“Atlas” warns about the potential dangers of AI and raises important ethical questions about its role in society. It emphasizes the need to consider the implications of advanced technology on humanity’s future and highlights the importance of films that provoke discussion and reflection on significant issues.


Yes, but only so I can discuss it. 

Atlas. Sterling K. Brown as Colonel Banks in Atlas. Cr. Ana Carballosa/Netflix ©2024.


“Atlas” is a visually stunning sci-fi action film featuring Jennifer Lopez as a data analyst forced to trust AI to survive. Still, it falls short due to underdeveloped characters and an uneven script. While the special effects are impressive and the premise is intriguing, the film’s lack of depth and a compelling villain make it ultimately forgettable. Despite these flaws, “Atlas” raises important ethical questions about AI, making it more interesting to discuss than to watch. Overall, it’s a film that sparks conversation but doesn’t leave a lasting impression.

My 3L system gives me the choice to Love It, Like It, or Lose It. 

Atlas gets a Like It.





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When he’s not reviewing films or interviewing people for the Black & A Half podcast, Silas Lindenstein can be found in the greater metro Seattle, WA working as a real estate agent helping people buy and sell homes, or performing stand up comedy to fellow nerds. He has a wife and three children and desperately wants to learn to make the perfect homemade pizza.

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