2019 | DIRECTOR: JONATHAN HELPERT | STARRING: MARGARET QUALLEY, ADAM MCKIE, DANNY HOUSTON | REVIEW BY GLENN COCHRANE.
IO is Netflix‘s latest sci-fi original following other high concept in-house titles like Extinction and The Titan. The film tells of a dystopia future where all but a few have left Earth following a catastrophic event, and it proves to be a deceptive film in deed. An opening narrative explains that Earth has suffered a fundamental change of atmosphere, rendering the planet without oxygen, and the surviving humans have relocated to a space station called IO. The name “IO” comes from one of Jupiter’s four moons, Io, and was previously the title for Peter Hyams’ criminally underrated film Outland (starring Sean Connery).