But, while the actors do their jobs well, the ending leaves major room for the audience to fill in the blanks. Yes, this is a futuristic tale of world-destruction, and subsequent colonization, by an enemy robot species, but the issues explored in I Am Mother go beyond this glaring reality. There's value to human life amid this apocalyptic hellscape, and the moral responsibilities that come with bringing a child into the world, along with the consequences that come from a parent's protective lies, paint an abstract, yet relatable, picture of the ongoing struggle mothers go through daily.
Except, of course, most children in the real world aren't raised by murderous droids. Daughter eventually learns that Mother is not the loving parent she was raised to view her as. The bot may have been the one who brought the girl into the world, raised her, protected her, taught her valuable lessons, but it's revealed in the third act that Mother is just a technological shell, a cog in the greater machine, sharing a consciousness with countless other robot soldiers out there policing the planet.
They may not be Star Trek: The Next Generation's Borg, but their mission to dominate the Earth and raise a new generation of superior humans brings to mind hints of Hitler's "Ubermensch" and Blade Runner's "more human than human" motif.
Needless to say, this idea of a policing body dictating how children are born and raised -- it's eventually revealed that Mother incinerated a bunch of kids because they just didn't live up to certain quality control standards -- feels a bit too relevant to the current issues of the day.