Netflix hooked us into watching IO with one of those automatic previews that play at the top. I'm always intrigued by futuristic post-apocalyptic movies so this one was right up my alley!
IO follows the story of a scientist who is still on Earth after a large portion of the population has decamped to a space station floating around Jupiter's moon, Io. People left because pollution on earth changed the atmosphere so much that it is no longer hospitable to human life - or much life at all. Sam (played by Margaret Qualley) is surviving by living high enough to be above the pollution and is frantically working to find a way to adapt human life to these new circumstances. When Micah finds her camp (played by Anthony Mackey) he tries to convince her to leave with him on the last flight to Io.
I really enjoyed this movie - the story was compelling, the acting was excellent, and for the most part, I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. I also love the way they framed the environmental debates of our time - I have often said that what we should be worried about is not saving the planet - Earth will be just fine no matter what happens. What we need to worry about is saving humanity - if we change the environment so much it is no longer hospitable to us, that's when we have major problems.
I think the movie danced with these issues elegantly, without becoming preachy. It is a beautiful story of the human spirit, the will to survive, and the lengths humanity will go to when pushed. If you like character studies, moving dramas, or apocalyptic stories (without a lot of explosions) this one is for you!