Tom Hanks is Finch in the new Apple TV+ movie of the same name. Finch is the story of a survivor in a a post-apocalyptic world, who with a robot and a dog struggles to survive. Are they the only survivors?

Jeff the Robot: “Do you think we’ll make it?”

Finch: “Not without my team.”

Finch” “We do this together.”

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Finch premieres on Apple TV+ on Guy Fawkes Day, Friday November 5, 2021. It stars Tom Hanks as Finch, who so far as he knows may be the last survivor of civilization.

An amazingly versatile actor, Hanks has played 94 motion picture and television roles, many of which fall into the science fction or fantasy genre — but his producer credits are starting to pile up as well, having produced 59 productions to date.

Caleb Landry Jones (Sean Cassidy aka Banshee in X-Men First Class) voices Jeff the robot. No word yet on which trained Hollywood canine plays Finch’s dog.

Possibly the movie is misnamed. The official description reads “A robot, built to protect the life of his creator’s beloved dog, learns about life, love, friendship and what it means to be human.” It really sounds like the film is suppose to be about the robot.

finch packs up to move out

Craig Luck and Ivor Powell provided the screenplay for Finch. Miguel Sapochnik, who directed six episodes of Game of Thrones and one episode of Falling Skies, did the honors as director. Finch has a bewildering number of producers. They are Jacqueline Levine,  Kevin Misher, Ivor Powell, Jack Rapke, and Robert Zemeckis. There is no way to tell which producer contributed more to the film, or how many of them have there names on the project purely on a contractual basis, but Robert Zemeckis being involved puts a huge stamp of approval on the project.

The film further cements AppleTV+ as a major platform for what would otherwise have been a theatrical motion picture, furthering the trend away from brick and mortar releases towards streaming services as the heart and soul of the entertainment industry.


Susan Macdonald
Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions,  Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.