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42 out of 53 people found the following review useful:
Amazing first feature film by Kike Maillo, 30 October 2011
Author: karlos-alastruey from Navarra, Europe
I watched this film today at the movie theater. The film is beautifully
acted and directed. I am very glad to see that in Spain we have new
filmmakers able to work within the film industry and still make a great
film in the cinematographic sense.
"Eva" is far more profound than the trailer or the publicity may suggest. It is a deep reflection on human nature and identity. But, and here comes the surprise, it is not a so-called intellectual film.
The film is very well done, and it is an example of a new wave of European cinema that is producing great films without necessarily big fireworks. Keep doing the good job, Kike.
18 out of 23 people found the following review useful:
Too beautiful for Sci-Fi, 1 March 2012
Author: joaotwin from Portugal
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I've marked this review as containing spoilers because I'm afraid it
might dis-guide you (and it will) or think differently about the way
you approach this movie... and nobody deserves that! At least in not in
But for a summary tag line, my only argument about this movie would be: "This is the first time I'm writing a review..."
Should be enough, but still, this movie deserves more much more than just a pure emotional line from a very simple and common IMDb user...
It's a beautifully told story about the old cliché "Robots vs Humans" (that one starts to think it's going to be) and the differences (or not) between them...
It was the first time I was lead to believe that robots shouldn't be treated differently... and *****MAJOR SPOILER***** the movies final (awkward) seconds just try to prove it! (I must talk about the ending because most of my mates thought it was a bit too much... and it wasn't, it's there for this very reason!)
I can only believe IMDBs poor user rating is due to the fact that Sci-Fi doesn't appeal the mass public...
But its 12 wins & 28 nominations speak for themselves... and many more are to come...
19 out of 26 people found the following review useful:
Best robotic cat in a film to date., 1 February 2012
Author: Nick Yeo from United Kingdom
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The story of Alex, a reticent, genius robot programmer, and his
enchanting robotic cat: who return to his home town, at the request of
the director of a university of robotics.
There he must find a suitable human template in order to bring a lifelike personality to a newly designed line of robot boys.
His preferred candidate turns out to be his niece: daughter of his former lover, Lana, and her husband: his estranged brother.
Alex delights in the company of his niece, further complicating his relationship with his sister in law: with whom he is still, very much, in love.
An elegantly told, love story, spiced with mechanical cats and the cutest girl in a red coat since... "don't look now"
11 out of 13 people found the following review useful:
A quality sci-fi film, 12 August 2012
Author: Ian Hinton from Madrid, Spain
I haven't seen any decent sci-films for years. This one came as a very
pleasant surprise. Interesting story, good script, well directed and
excellent actors. I also enjoyed the photography.
As the story unfolded, I was surprised that I was not correctly predicting the outcome. This made it even more enjoyable. I hate it when I can continuously see what's coming - so boring.
I was also intrigued that a sci-fi film had been made in Spain. Not the sort of genre I would have expected.
As a long-term British resident in Spain, I always find it a source of pleasure when, once again, a quality film is made in this country. Too many Spaniards do not value the excellent level that the local film industry can reach over here.
Overall, a thoroughly well made and enjoyable film for any sci-fi fan, and even for any others who will easily understand the story.
8 out of 11 people found the following review useful:
Beautiful story, pleasing to the eye, 23 August 2012
Author: (LBSRmcr) from United Kingdom
This movie is a European take on artificial intelligence- less action,
I found the special effects in this film beautiful and mesmerizing, just enough to engage the imagination in terms of what a robot could and should be and do...
There are two plots- one is that a software engineer is trying to design the perfect robot for entertainment that is free (can do what it wants) and is looking for inspiration in a girl he meets called Eva, the other is that this software engineer is coming back to an awkward situation involving his brother and an ex-girlfriend of his, whom he worked with. Despite other reviews I found it quite well done how both plots intertwined.
As an audio professional I found some sound parts of the film difficult to stomach, especially the party scene where slow-dancing and speaking at the same time-here rough cuts are clearly audible and it's enough to take away from the great use of David Bowie's music in this scene, a real shame.
Beyond that thought I was very impressed with Brühl, that quatri-lingual dreamboat, whom I have until now only seen on German films. It's rare to find somebody who can master and work in fluency. He's definitely found a new fan in me.
5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Cerebral , ambitious , and revealing Sci-Fi ; being stunningly directed and magnificently performed, 25 November 2012
Set in 2041, Alex Garel (Daniel Bruhl) is a famous scientific who after
10 years goes to back to his home town to work in his old university .
There the shy genius is employed by his former university professor
(Anne Canovas) to design robot soft ware . Later on , Alex meets his
brother David (Alberto Ammann) , his wife Lana (Marta Etura) and Eva
(Claudia Vega) , Alex's 10-years-old niece . Meantime , Alex is
assisted by a servant-robot (Luis Homar as the sympathetic android Max)
. Looking for inspiration , Alex asks help Eva to be the example the
new robot , and to survey her behavior during the time they spend
together . The cutest girl Eva fascinates him and he soon begins
research so that a robot can take on her personality , making emotional
tests and watching attitude to configure its existence .
This Sci-Fi film contains fantasy , drama , a tragic love story , thought-provoking issues and is pretty interesting . This is an exciting film though relies heavily on the programmer-Eva , Brother-Brother Relationship and the loving triangle is regularly developed . A movie about childhood , robots , love , it has more than its share of beauty , mysteries and wonders . This good picture takes parts here and there from ¨A.I.¨ by Steven Spielberg , ¨Metropolis¨ by Fritz Land and ¨I Robot¨ written by Isaac Asimov . Good performances from Daniel Bruhl as a well-known robot programmer , his friend played by Anne Canovas who brings him a project to create a new line of robot child and special mention to the girl Clara Lago as the muse of the new robot . Furthermore Alex's former lover and David's current wife well played by Marta Etura along with her husband finely performed by Albert Ammann . In addition , the veteran Luis Homar as likable android Max . Mesmerizing , miraculous and state-of-art special effects , spiced with mechanical cats , horse-robots and other marvelous artifacts . Glamorous and luxurious Cinematography by Arnau Valls Colomer , being filmed on location in Panticosa, Huesca, Aragón, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain , La Chaux-de-Fonds, Canton Neuchâtel, Switzerland and final scene in Tenerife, Canary Islands . Emotive and sensitive Original Music by Evgueni Galperine and co-composer Sacha Galperine . The motion picture was elegantly directed by Kike Maillo at his best and being hist first film , formerly making various shorts .
The 26th Annual Goya Awards (Premios Goyas), presented by the Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences, it is "Spain's main national film awards, considered by many in Spain, and internationally, to be the Spanish equivalent of the American Academy Awards¨ gave a deserved Goya to New Director , Kike Maillo , for this above average film titled ¨Eva¨ . Rating : Good , worthwhile watching .
5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Familiar story elements combined in a slightly different way, 6 July 2012
Author: G Reagan (firstname.lastname@example.org) from United States
Watching this reminds me of the Isaac Asimov robot stories because it
feels like the world his stories were set in. There's even an allusion
to the Asimov laws of robotics by stating that robots have to pass a
safety test and the cat is illegal because it has free will. The
effects are well done and the interactions look believable. The
animation physics are slightly wrong in a couple scenes but nothing
My main problem with the movie is that there isn't enough character development which makes the motives a little ambiguous. The main plot lines are tied up by the end but there's obviously more going on than is ever told. I get just enough to want to know more and that is frustrating.
The sci-fi is light enough that I would probably recommend this to anyone even if they would normally skip anything sci-fi.
6 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
Eva (2011), 8 September 2012
Author: SnakesOnAnAfricanPlain from United Kingdom
Gorgeous Spanish fairytale set in a realistic not too distant future. Eva sees a robot programmer return to his hometown so he can help program a robot child. First he needs to find inspiration from children in the area.After finding the majority to be boring he comes across a young girl named Eva who just happens to be the daughter of his ex-love. Eva fascinates him and he soon begins research so that a robot can take on her personality, but will her characteristics translate well into the robot world? Eva is a film that remains quiet. It knows its ideas and themes are fascinating and so it underplays them and lets your imagination run away with your own ideas. This is expressed best of all when we are first introduced to the world. There is no huge fanfare or showing off. The robots merely exist in the world with the humans. We first get a glimpse of this when Daniel Bruhl returns home and is followed by a robotic cat. The emotions that are present throughout are truly moving as it asks, in typical robot/man fashion, what it is to be human and can science go too far? Bruhl is a wonderful lead, who clearly gets across his fascination with robots, but also his frustration with them. He really does fail to make the most of his gift, but maybe that is for the best. The cinematography is gorgeous, with Eva's red coat constantly standing out from the snow swept landscapes. An enjoyable and thought provoking drama.
What I hoped would be a clever film, 17 March 2013
When I first saw the initial teaser for Eva many years ago I was
intrigued, and I hoped dearly that upon release it would deliver what
appeared to be a brilliant, understated sci-fi drama with a strong
focus on characters.
That first teaser has since been removed, it simply doesn't exist any more on the internet. The promise that once was had disappeared.
Eva is not a clever film, everything you are told and shown only insults the intelligence of the viewer. The plot is far too predictable and heavy handed, this could've perhaps been improved in editing but the amount of material you'd have to cut to get something workable out of this film would leave you with very little remaining. Had this just been any other indie sci-fi I simply wouldn't have cared, but knowing the direction this could have taken in competent hands made it unbearable to watch.
3 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
predictable and boring, 19 January 2013
Author: dien from United Kingdom
The moment I saw the trailer I knew where the writer and director were
going with this. I knew how it would end and what the big reveal would
be. Yet I liked the visual and I wanted to see a non-Hollywood film, so
I gave it a try. Boy, was this a painful experience.
First of all, we learn nothing about the characters from the beginning or even in what year the film's taking place. If I don't know who the characters are and there are not even hints about their relations, why should I be invested? Why should I care? Imagine you walk into a store and a cashier looks at you for 20 seconds. Is that supposed to mean something? Should I care? No, because it's not someone you met before. The moment you turn around that cashier will be forgotten. And that's just what is going on in this film. From the very beginning there's nothing but long shots of people looking at each other. It might mean something to the characters, and it probably does, but that means nothing to the viewers watching the film. There is a scene where the main character is looking at a woman for 20 or 30 seconds. We don't know who she is, what their history is and their relationship. We don't even know whether there is one. By the time I learnt anything about the characters, I was not interested anymore.
Then there are long exterior shots. Do we really need to see someone drive a long way on an icy road, parking their car, turning off the engine, getting out of the car, locking the door and walking to a building? All that in about 3 minutes of time? What is it supposed to accomplish? Or long shots of the town the film is taking place in? OK, it's nice and covered in snow. What else did you need to say about it that you repeated the shot several times? I won't spoil the big twist, but if you've ever seen a film regarding creation of androids, you'll know it by the time the trailer finishes.
The acting is OK, but the main male lead is just dull and irritatingly boring. I couldn't stand him. The rest of the cast do their jobs well, but they are basically forgettable. And yes, that includes the character of Eva.
I couldn't wait for the film to end. It's tedious, painfully slow and unoriginal. It's got pretty visuals, but that's about it.
I respect independent filmmakers for their efforts and not so rarely they succeed. But this film just felt like a Hollywood production that's trying to pretend it's artsy by having long slow camera movements. A bit faster pace would have helped this time.
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