Tom Hanks is Finch, a genius inventor, surviving alone in the aftermath of an apocalypse

Much like 'Castaway' Finch must survive on his own, stay strong and resilient, living completely isolated from all living creatures, except his dog Goodyear

The earth has been devastated by a solar flare, leaving multiple holes in the ozone layer. The environment is hazardous to unprotected humans.

Finch discovers he is terminally ill and grows concerned about what would happen to Goodyear after he is gone

 The film is set in the near future yet apart from Finch's Robots, there is little evidence of 'the future'. Even after an apocalypse, there would still be remnants of broken-down tech. The film just doesn't feel very futuristic

Tom Hanks has plenty of experience holding an audience for 2hours with no other human characters. This time he does have the Robot Jeff to bounce off, voiced wonderfully by Caleb Landry Jones. Their relationship is very much father and son and the two share some emotional scenes

The vehicle becomes their home away from home and the location of many of the life lessons Finch teaches Jeff. It's also how we get to see the remains of the outside world.  The landscapes are detailed and functional but not particularly interesting to look at

'Finch' has echoes of 'I am Legend' but whereas that was an action/survival film, this is more of a drama about finding family even under dire circumstances

'Finch' brings us another consistent & impressive performance by Hollywood's nicest actor. The attempts  at tension don't really land as they should. The film stands as a post-apocalyptic survival family drama with the father/son scenes between Finch and Jeff being the highlight, but the overall emotional arc doesn't carry as much weight as we already know the 'hero' is terminal.  This is comfortable and easy viewing. The legendary Tom Hanks is always engaging to watch but this is likely to be remembered as just 'ok'.