A mass extinction has occurred before the film, I Am Mother begins. You witness a life-size robot with a camera eye and two-dot smile pulls out a disk with a human embryo in it and put it into a machine. The machine incubates and gives birth to a baby. Then, you quickly watch the endearing scenes of the robot aiding in the care and the development of the baby until it’s a young teen.
Fascinating scenes ensue which indicate a consistent cautiousness on the part of the robot in the emotional, moral, and philosophical growth of the girl. The robot teaches the girl the different philosophers of history, asking her questions of morality and who she would potentially save and sacrifice from a number of hypothetical individuals given certain medical and societal implications. There is a desire for the girl to grow up to know so-called better choices and to make them with regard to what will hopefully become a new humanity.
What were the mistakes past humans made? Is the robot an inherently good or a malevolent force in the life of the girl and toward her upbringing? Certain choices begin to be called into question for the girl, watching the robot destroys a rat who has infiltrated their indoor world, wondering how much of the world’s cultural and historical events she has been allowed to see, (or perhaps not see), and growing increasingly isolated and discontented. Watch in suspense as the truth of the world outside is slowly revealed to the girl, coming under increased conflict with the only mother she has ever known.