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.