JLo’s New Movie Falls Short

Jennifer Lopez stars as the main character in the sci-fi movie ‘Atlas.’

A new all-star sci-fi movie just dropped on Netflix… and it’s a lot to be desired.

Starring Jennifer Lopez, Simu Liu, Sterling K. Brown, and Abraham Popoola, “Atlas” follows humanity in the far future, as they wage war against an army of sentient A.I. robots. A data analyst, on a mission to capture their leader, finds out that A.I. might be her only hope after the mission goes sideways.

The actors give their best with what they had to work with. Right at the beginning, Popoola gives a gripping, dramatic performance. JLo is as good as always, as well as Sterling K. Brown, and Liu as the leader of the robots. Despite the power of the cast, “Atlas” falls short on expectations. It feels like the driest “Marvel” movie you’ll ever see, or like one of the fake movies you see in the background or on a TV screen as a gimmick in real movies.

They even had the help of JLo’s husband, Ben Affleck, on set. In a piece with Entertainment Weekly, Brown gave his observations on the actor’s mentoring presence on their set: “Every once in a while, Ben would read the lines for Smith, and I think the newlyweds, still very much in love, I think she just wanted to hear his voice. And so sometimes, the reactions that you got from her were because she was listening to her husband’s voice.”

The power couple, now rumored to be on the outs, have been helping each other with their movies since July of 2022.

“Atlas” is really just an example of why more movies need to be treated with respect by big studio heads. In an interview with The New York Times, and summarized by IGN, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos claimed “Barbenheimer” would’ve been just as successful if it had been released on his streaming service. “I don’t think there’s any reason to believe that certain kinds of movies do or don’t work. There’s no reason to believe that the movie itself is better in any size of screen for all people. My son’s an editor. He is 28 years old, and he watched Lawrence of Arabia on his phone.”

It seems as though “Atlas,” however, has been going well for Netflix, currently at the number one spot in movies watched on their platform around the world. If you want to watch something that doesn’t make you think, go check out “Atlas”.


By Inti Navia, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago

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Written by Inti Navia

I love nerding out over Star Wars, Gravity Falls, and Lord of the Rings. I'm an introvert with a never ending appreciation for all things Sci-Fi and fantasy media.

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