Tom Hanks returns to Apple TV Plus in Finch, an upcoming feature film about a robotics engineer who survives a new post-apocalyptic world with his four-legged companion Goodyear (and a robot).
The heart of Finch’s plot revolves around Hanks’ determination to find a caretaker for Goodyear after his death. The science fiction drama takes place after a solar flare that devastated life on earth. Finch, the engineer, has survived a post-apocalyptic wasteland for a decade in an underground bunker where he lives with his dog Goodyear – a very good boy and Finch’s only companion after the catastrophic event.
In this underground workspace, Finch develops a robot named Jeff, with which they embark on a treacherous journey to bring a deadly storm to safety. On the way, they have to cope with extreme weather phenomena, merciless heat, UV radiation and other unexpected challenges.
The movie arrives as Apple tries to power up its original movie board. Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, the award-winning drama Coda, Mahershala Ali starring Swan Song, and A24 Joints The Tragedy of Macbeth and Sharper are just a handful of titles to hit the service soon.
Apple has focused more on developing award-winning titles than producing content on a budget, and Finch is the second Tom Hanks feature film to debut on the service after Sony acquired Greyhound last year. But to date, Apple’s original films haven’t quite claimed the cultural impact that his critical darling Ted Lasso, who had a record-breaking number of Emmy nominations for a first season comedy and ultimately wins the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, that year seven awards. Of its 35 Emmy nominations this year, Apple won a total of 11 Emmys in five titles on Sunday.
Greyhound has been nominated for a variety of awards, including an Academy Award for Best Sound. But Finch will have a much broader appeal than a WWII drama. Apple has proven that it can win at the warm and flaky mass appeal. Perhaps Finch will finally help Apple TV Plus secure the long-awaited feature film awards.
Finch will premiere on Friday, November 5th on Apple TV Plus.