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original title: Automata
duration: 1h 49min
tags: Your time is coming to an end. Ours is now beginning.
keywords: robot, future, dystopia, childhitman, selfrepair, robotlaws, 2040s, falltodeath, dancing, selfimmolation, nuclearbattery, sniper, turtle, beginswithtext, solarflare, postapocalypse, insuranceagent, pr
Many reviews here compare this film to "Blade Runner", maybe in terms of Androids wanting to live or the look of the film of the future, but for me this film reminded more of "A.I". I am not a Spielberg fan by any means, but A.I was once a project of late Stanley Kubrick, whom for technical reasons got shelved and Spielberg decided to make a go at it. He did a semi decent job but not the film Kubrick would have made. I felt the theme or the question of what responsibility does a human have to a robot that genuinely wants to learn and live is again a question here in this film "Automata" as it was in "A.I" and yes perhaps in "Blade Runner" too, but except in Blade Runner, the Androids were capable of real violence and danger to humans.
I remember a great line in "A.I." the character of Jude Law "Gigolo Joe", a Robot programmed to be an expert lover like "Cleo", when he said, the fear of humans is that at the end all is left will be us. Here again that is a fear of corporation that is created a the second "Protocol" to prevent the growth in these Androids and their fear is once one of them has it then they will enhance the other Robots, even though these Robots innately are incapable of hurting humans, somehow they seem to miss the point that regardless of their enhancement that the other protocol to protect human life has not been altered.
This film from the first scene with the dead dog conveys this message about the inability of these Robots resorting to violence, even when they are under attack, their main concern is to make sure that no harm comes to human life, that's the most crucial part of this film shown in several scenes, which really questions of our existence with the rapid technology changes around us. The irony where these Robots are programmed not to harm, but yet two kids with guns show up at Dr. Dupre home and shoot her in the face without a blink.
Cleo the most interesting character as the Female Robot in this whole film, its hard to describe how the mask and her eyes had such an expression and effect on the Robot's reactions. The scene where Rachel shows Jac their baby and Cleo's advancement by touching the baby and then retreating by stepping back was the most the profound and touching part of this film.
This was very a subtle and yet a little masterpiece that will be appreciated perhaps in years to come. Bravo to the writer and director "Gabe Ib叩単ez"!.
"To die, you've got to be alive first"..how alive are we?. Some lovely robot design, and the environment is the usual shabby post apocalypse decay with some shiny tech, now slightly dulled.
Quite how all these robots function so well among all the sand and dust is a tribute to their designers.
The story is a bit uncover the mystery, a bit philosophical musing on what it is to be alive, a bit goodies and baddies, and the big conspiracy.
There aren't too many robot/android films around, and if you're a fan of them (like me), then you will probably want to watch this.
But for the most part I found watching the film to be a reflection of the contents of the film - feeling a bit faded and bleached out, detached, with various scrap parts cobbled together and hobbling across a dry and dusty desert. The performances range wildly from high (Banderas) to low (Birgitte Hjort S淡rensen as Jacq