One of the most watched Netflix movies in the world is not available on the streamer in the United States Mother/Android, a new sci-fi movie starring Chloe Grace Moretz, is only streaming on Hulu in the United States. Even without the US, it’s the second most-watched movie on Netflix globally.
Mother/Android ranks second in the global ranking of the top 10 films from January 3 to 9, including only English-language films, with 29.7 million hours watched, according to Netflix statistics. The number one film over the same period is Adam McKay’s satirical award nominee Don’t Look Up. Don’t Look Up is also number one in the United States, just ahead of the 10-year-old Voyage 2: The Mysterious Island.
Mother/Android was released on Hulu in the United States on December 17 and on Netflix elsewhere on January 7. The film was written and directed by Mattson Tomlin and counts Matt Reeves (Batman, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as one of its producers. This is Tomlin’s directorial debut after writing the screenplays for Little fish (2021) and Netflix Project Power (2020). Tomlin also worked on Reeves’ screenplay The Batman.
In the film, Moretz stars as Georgia Olsen, who finds out she’s pregnant, despite not wanting to be a mother and unsure about her relationship with boyfriend Sam Hoth (Algee Smith) . The story takes a post-apocalyptic twist when the smartphones begin to explode, killing their owners, and Georgia and Sam attempt to escape. Once they arrive in Boston, they must survive in a world overrun by androids. Raul Castillo also stars as Arthur.
Although Hulu and Netflix users rushed to see the film, critics were less impressed. In his review for Variety, Dennis Harvey wrote that the film didn’t live up to the thrilling first half. “Tomlin’s script deserves credit for mixing things up, introducing new characters and narrative twists,” Harvey wrote. “But nothing is again as downright compelling as the beginning, and despite diligent lead performances, these characters and their film lack the emotional depth to pull off a seriously tearful, drawn-out finale.” The film only has a 30% Fresh rating from critics and a 24% Audience score on rotten tomatoes.
Moretz fans can still find a few of his movies on Netflix. She plays in Let me enter (2010), brain on fire (2016), and dark shadows (2012), all of which are available on the streaming platform.