They Cloned Tyrone
Director: Juel Taylor
Another day, and another Netflix movie that had potential. They Cloned Tyrone had an interesting premise about cloning and population control. Now before I get into the review, I should probably mention that this review will contain spoilers for the movie. I will be covering some big reveals, so be wary of that. Also, this movie is rated R, so there is content not great for younger audiences.
They Cloned Tyrone is a movie that I thought would be quite interesting after watching the trailer. Although the movie does get interesting in the later half of the movie, the set up was quite slow and hard to watch. The last 30 minutes does make up a bit for its slow start. If you like movies about the morals of cloning and population control, then this might be for you.
I think my biggest problem with this movie was the potential it failed to live up to. They Cloned Tyrone had an interesting premise about cloning the population. It also explored ideas of controlling this population through sounds, sights, and food. All these aspects together sound like a recipe for a great movie, but instead, we get a slow burn until the last 30 minutes.
Surprisingly, the last 30 minutes had my attention all the way through. I couldn’t turn my eyes away. The same couldn’t be said about the beginning. Now, I understand the beginning of the movie is used for set up, but for some reason, this movie felt like it dragging its feet.
On the bright side, as the characters started unraveling the secret, I thought these reveals were perfectly done. The whole thing gave an uneasy feeling, which was on point. The only point that felt off was the scenes between the discoveries. Pacing wise, the scenes between the reveals were long and slow.
Besides the actual plot, the characters were interesting enough. Fontaine, Slick Charles, and Yo-yo were an unlikely group of people stuck in an interesting situation. At first, I wasn’t too sure how I would feel about these characters. As the movie progressed, I do have to say that they grew on me a bit. I really liked all their development as well.
The most prominent one that I enjoyed was Yo-yo’s. The way she stepped up after the other two characters lost heart was entertaining. She was ready to fight for her home, with or without Fontaine or Charles. When it comes to Charles, I liked how much he manned up near the end. His last plan to defeat the head of security was smart and I loved how it played into his character. The most interesting character in the end has to be Fontaine, due to the big reveal at the end of the movie.
The big twist at the end of the movie was that Fontaine was one of the original, successful clones, and that his older self was the one who kept creating and researching this idea. The final conversation between these two characters was quite interesting and thought provoking. I also liked how our Fontaine was able to reverse the situation by using the clones against old Fontaine.
Overall, They Cloned Tyrone was a movie that I felt had potential that it didn’t live up to. I feel like if the pacing was increased in the first half of the movie, it wouldn’t feel like such a drag to get through. This was unfortunate since the last 30 minutes of this movie were honestly amazing. If you enjoy movies that discuss the morality of cloning and population control, give this one a shot.