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Bionic (2024)

Bionic (2024)

An exciting Paralympics drama wasted on utterly predictable, bloated sci-fi

4.0

Movie

Brazil
Portuguese
Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
2024
AFONSO POYART
Bruno Gagliasso, Christian Malheiros, Danton Mello
110 min

TLDR

"Self-mutilation is the new doping.”

What it's about

In a world where Paralympic athletes are the top sports stars, Maria (Jessica Corés) gets caught in the crosshairs of a criminal world in her attempt to compete with her talented sister.

The take

The premise is really exciting to jump into: Paralympic domination feels original, but the cartoonish crime underbelly is not at all the best wrinkle to add to the initial idea. The sports and family drama side of the action feels grounded, full of heart, and far from being fleshed out to a satisfying degree. In contrast, the dark world side of the action has a Hollywood emptiness to it, which is ironic because the premise is heavy enough on its own, only to be overcrowded by this sci-fi noise. It could do without a lot of the elements, but maybe all the bloat is intentional to move the story away from a political conversation and into a safer albeit uneventful one.

What stands out

Uncle Hard is such an out of pocket name.

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