Tau (film)

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Tau poster.jpg
Directed by Federico D'Alessandro
Produced by
  • Russell Ackerman
  • Terry Dougas
  • David S. Goyer
  • Paul Kasidokostas Latsis
  • John Schoenfelder
  • Kevin Turen
Written by Noga Landau
Music by Bear McCreary
Cinematography Larry Smith
Edited by Scott Chestnut
  • Waypoint Entertainment
  • Rhea Films
  • Hercules Film Fund
  • Phantom Four Films
  • Addictive Pictures
  • Kaos Theory Entertainment
  • Netflix Original Films
Distributed by Netflix
Release date
  • June 29, 2018 (2018-06-29)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Tau is a 2018 science fiction thriller film, directed by Federico D'Alessandro, from a screenplay by Noga Landau. It stars Maika Monroe, Ed Skrein and Gary Oldman.

It was released on June 29, 2018, by Netflix.


Julia is a loner who makes money as a thief in seedy nightclubs. One night, she is abducted from her home and wakes up restrained and gagged in a dark prison inside of a home with two other people, each with an implant in the back of their necks. As "subject 3," she endures a series of torturous psychological sessions by a shadowy figure in a lab. One night, she steals a pair of scissors and destroys the lab in an escape attempt, but she is stopped and the other two subjects are killed by a robot in the house, Aries, run by an artificial intelligence, Tau.

Alex, the technology executive who owns the house, reveals the implant is collecting her neural activity as she completes puzzles, and subjects her to more tests, because he is using the data to develop more advanced A.I. with a big project deadline in a few days. He coerces her into taking additional tests overseen by Tau, but gives her some freedom to move around unrestrained. As Alex leaves for work every day, she begins conversing with Tau, who is naive and curious about the world outside the house, reading Tau books in exchange for more information about the house and experiments. Learning that Alex has brought in and killed a number of other subjects and that removing the implant will kill her, Julia attacks Alex one evening with a knife but he fights her off, and forces Tau to subdue her.

The next day, Julia convinces Tau to free her, but she returns when Alex takes revenge on Tau, deleting all of his memories in the process. As Alex prepares to extract her implant, Julia frees herself with the help of one of Tau's mini drones that was disconnected prior to the erasure. She activates a self destruct sequence to destroy the house, and Alex is killed in the collapse. Emerging from the home with the mini-drone in hand, Tau in it, she walks into the sunset, promising to show Tau the world.



In May 2016, it was announced that Maika Monroe and Ed Skrein had joined the cast of the film, with Federico D'Alessandro directing the film, with David S. Goyer, Kevin Turen, Russell Ackerman, John Schoenfelder producing the film, while Ken Kao, Dan Kao and Luc Etienne will executive produce the film, under their Addictive Pictures, Phantom 4, and Waypoint Entertainment banners, respectively.[1] In August 2016, it was announced Rhea Films and Hercules Film Fund would produce the film.[2]


In November 2017, Netflix acquired distribution rights to the film.[3][4] It was then released on June 29, 2018.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 20% based on 10 reviews with an average rating of 4.7/10.[6] On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating to reviews, the film has a normalized score of 43 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "mixed reviews".[7]


  1. ^ Jafaar, Ali (May 10, 2016). "Maika Monroe And Ed Skrein To Star In 'Tau'; David Goyer Producing And Bloom Selling – Cannes". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  2. ^ McNary, Dave (August 3, 2016). "Maika Monroe-Ed Skrein's 'Tau' Gets Co-Financing (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (November 3, 2017). "Netflix Buys Maika Monroe-Gary Oldman Sci-Fi Thriller 'Tau'". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Hipes, Patrick (November 3, 2017). "Netflix Snags Global Rights To Maika Monroe-Ed Skrein Thriller 'Tau' – AFM". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  5. ^ Miska, Brad (May 30, 2018). "Netflix Activates Smart House 'Tau' Starring 'It Follows' Star Maika Monroe This June!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  6. ^ "Tau (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  7. ^ "Tau Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 16, 2018.

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