AUTOMATA

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THE PLOT THUS FAR

In a future where Earth’s ecosystem verges on collapse, man-made robots roam the city to protect dwindling human life. When a robot overrides a key protocol put in place to protect human life, ROC Robotics insurance agent Jacq Vaucan (Antonio Banderas) is assigned to locate the source of the manipulation and eliminate the threat. What he discovers leads Vaucan, ROC Robotics and the police into a battle with profound consequences for the future of humanity.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“Automata” is such a beautiful movie. The design work is on par with Ridley Scott’s early years. However, I can’t help but wonder why didn’t anyone hammer out the kinks with the story. Sure, it’s something we’ve all seen before. It’s just that the tempo of the action is off and everything feels like it’s padded with exposition dialogue farts to keep the plot progressing. While that won’t scare away most casual viewers, it was enough to make me cringe.

Killer robot movies are a dime a dozen. However, “Automata” offers up something that is nihilistic that it kept me watching. If we increase artificial intelligence to a point that it can take over for us, then why would they continue to care about our existence? Eventually, they’d just form a plan to wipe us out because we’re weak fleshy things that are holding them back. I envision a future where Benders, HALs and other robots despise us and want to create their version of a Utopia. The problem with this flick is that it wanted to infuse its idea of a Dystopian future with “I, Robot”.

The Blu-Ray comes with a making-of featurette as the sole special feature. The A/V Quality is really strong for an indie Sci-Fi movie. The 1080p transfer is robust enough. Plus, the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track gets to kick in where needed. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.

RELEASE DATE: 11/18/2014

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