The Directive

If you have Hulu, you have access to the movie The Directive. A few months ago, I saw an ad on Facebook about the movie. The premise seemed interesting so I added it to my list to watch at a later date. Last night was that later date and it was definitely not worth the wait.

Here is the description, as posted on Hulu: “In the aftermath of an incurable virus spread, a robot seeking to eradicate humanity deceptively guides a Red Cross survivor to sanctuary with the false hope of his family awaiting in Safe Zone 57.”

Did you read that one sentence? Good. I’ve just saved you two hours of time because that literally describes everything that happens in the movie. That’s it. Almost the whole movie is nothing but the survivor going nuts because of being by himself for so long and then walking towards the safe zone after finding the robot. Other than that, very little happens in this movie.

The sad thing? If they didn’t tell you that the robot was trying to kill the survivor in the description, this movie probably wouldn’t have seemed so bad. If they would’ve kept that one thing a surprise, and hit you with the betrayal at the end? That would’ve made a huge difference. It still wouldn’t have made it a great movie, because it did drag on pretty badly in some places, but it would’ve made it a lot better.

I might’ve even recommended that you watch it if they had worded the description better. I can’t do that now. Just by reading that one sentence, you miss absolutely nothing by not watching the movie.