Being a fan of sci-fi movies, especially ones that aren’t too scary, I thought that ARQ was worth a watch. It is an American-Canadian film released worldwide in September 2016 and stars Robbie Amell as Renton, an engineer who has invented a ‘perpetual motion machine’ (The ARQ) that provides a source of sustainable energy.

The movie opens with Renton in bed with his former girlfriend when three men break into his bedroom and take them both hostage. It soon becomes clear that Earth has been devastated and Renton’s former employers are trying to take control. The kidnappers are from a rebel group called the Bloc and want Renton to give him ‘scrips’ which I took to be currency. This is the basic storyline but the ARQ has a side effect that is basically the plot of the show.

I found the story to be plausible, if you forget the actual possibility of producing a perpetual motion machine of course, and other than a few times when I knew what was going to happen before the actors did, the storyline kept me interested throughout. There are only six actors in total and the story is mainly based inside Renton’s house which I found kept the story more plausible. The effects are pretty basic but done well, particularly the blood shots!

The story however did seem rushed near the end and I dropped the score for this. I would still give it a good 3.5/5 though.


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3 Thoughts on “Paul’s review of ARQ w/trailer

  1. Remmy2013 on August 8, 2017 at 9:21 am said:

    I felt this particular movie was boring and the ending sucked, 6 people 2 rooms and just kept repeating itself. However the good thing was that on the repeats you did find out more each time. 3.5 is a fair score as far as I am concerned.

  2. Steven F on August 8, 2017 at 9:26 am said:

    I agree with you on the scientific arguments. After a few of the time loop sequences, I did become a bit bored. To me, however, it is not worth buying. The rating is fair, though.

  3. Mel Leach on August 14, 2017 at 4:21 pm said:

    This one sounds interesting. I might check it out if the opportunity arises.

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