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Antonio Banderas stars in this sci-fi action thriller set in the year 2044. After solar flares damaged the Earth and wiped out the majority of the human population those who survived began to use robots, made by the ROC Corporation, to help them rebuild their lives. The robots are programmed to protect human life and are incapable of altering themselves or their fellow machines in any way. However, when police officer Wallace (Dylan McDermott) reports that he shot a robot because it was modifying itself, ROC insurance investigator Jacq Vaucan (Banderas) comes to believe that there could be a 'clocksmith' who is changing the automata's protocol, allowing them to make alterations. As Jacq investigates further he makes an unlikely ally in the form of altered robot Cleo (voice of Melanie Griffith) and comes to realise who the real enemy is... The film also stars Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Robert Forster and Tim McInnerny.
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I think Automata's problem is that there isn't that strong circularity of themes that makes other movies click, where an existing situation becomes a conundrum that then needs to be worked out and counteracted. It's actually a story about how one person wants things to return to how they were, even if in a new and flawed way (think District 9, and the harrowing non sci-fi of Map of the World), and a very pregnant wife to provide a ticking clock for when that needs to be achieved. It barely covers the basics for conventional storytelling which is why I guess it has the arthouse label applied to it.
My personal ambivalence doesn't mean that it's a bad film as such, but it is rather linear in its development and spends a little too much time in the doldrums at intervals, when it could be developing the characters in those quiet moments, or revealing something more about how the robots see their future - they can change themselves, does this mean they're becoming visionary? Imaginative?
I liked the film for the journey it took me on, but the moment the credits rolled I pretty much stopped thinking about it. There was no real impulsion to carry on into the future in my imagination, and the films I like best always have that "so what happened next...?" element to them. I hate implausibly pat answers (as in "Knowing" - Nick Cage), don't mind drifty endings as in this film, but infinitely prefer to have lives I worry about when the credits have rolled (e.g. Babel - I wonder about the futures of everybody left alive in the wake of that film). I guess that's why Automata lost a star - it didn't make me care enough.
the sun into it's solar system.
Much of the Earth's surface is radio-active, over 98% of mankind has not survived.......
Millions of Robots have been made to serve mankind by the 'R.O.C' corporation, criteria's have been built into the
Robots to prevent them harming their masters.
However there seems to be something out of the ordinary going on, Robots appear to be taking control of their own
R.O.C agent 'Jacq Vaucan' (Antonio Banderas) has been assigned to investigate possible defective Robots who are no
longer following the functions they'd been designed for.....Serving Mankind.
The survival of mankind may depend upon decisions made.
The Robots take on a character all of their own in the movie, maybe not a unique plot, maybe not the fastest-moving
plot, absorbing nevertheless.
........worth a watch
* The Making of Automata
* Interview with Antonio Banderas.
I paid around £7 for this film, which is amazing.
In a possible future mankind disintegrates into mindless
devotion to avoid extinction . If this is the future , bring it on ,
extinction that is .
As for predictions of cult classic , try soylent green , at least
the hypotheses is based on a reliable probability .
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