Silo: Tim Robbins says new sci-fi series is a 'warning' for our future

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26 Apr 2023, 09:52

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Tim Robbins is starring in the new sci-fi series, Silo, for Apple TV+ and says it should serve as “a warning” for our future.

Based on Hugh Howey’s best-selling trilogy, Silo is set in a near post-apocalyptic future where men and women live in a giant silo underground. They believe they are living there to protect them from the toxic and ruined world on the surface, but there are some beginning to question this theory- including engineer Juliette (Rebecca Ferguson).

Tim Robbins stars as Bernard, the mysterious head of IT in the Silo, and he thinks there is a lot to be learned from it.

Speaking to at a special screening of the series in London on Tuesday (25th April), the Shawshank Redemption actor said: “I think when they're done well, [science fiction stories] can serve as a warning, an allegory for choices that we have coming up and whether we should make them or not, and what we should decide our future is and how we should imagine that.”

He added: “So, I think the point of making them is to make sure that everyone avoids a post-apocalyptic future.”

The science fiction genre has been around for decades, but there does seem to be an appetite for it particularly in TV and film with the likes of The Last of Us, The Handmaid’s Tale and Dune.

When asked why he thought people were drawn to science fiction stories at the moment, Tim had some theories about what Silo will mean for audiences.

He explained: “It's interesting that people are drawn to it. And like I said, it can be allegorical and illuminating and exciting. Or it can just be another zombie movie with a lot of violence.

“A lot of people don't do the genre very well and that's why I wanted to do this show because it was talking about more than just the post-apocalyptic future. It was actually showing us ourselves in a mirror right now.”

We also caught up with Rebecca Ferguson, who shared some exciting news about Dune 2. Keep your eyes peeled for that on our website soon!

Silo premieres on 5th May on Apple TV+.