A young boy living in the near future looks for an escape from a home with arguing parents. As a way to cope with the recent arguments from his parents he receives a robot companion that he ends up abusing.

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Jenni Fontana ...
Mrs. Neville
James Nardini ...
Mr. Neville
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Blinky Performance capture
Ruairi Robinson ...
Blinky (voice)
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Infomercial Mother
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Infomercial Father
Benny Shelton ...
Infomercial Boy
Melissa Lee ...
Infomercial Girl
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Police Officer #1 (as Gary 'Skoti' Collins)
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Police Officer #2 (as Antal Trescott Kalik)
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A young boy living in the near future looks for an escape from a home with arguing parents. As a way to cope with the recent arguments from his parents he receives a robot companion that he ends up abusing.

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Soon every home will have a robot helper. Don't worry, your kids are perfectly safe.

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20 March 2011 (USA)  »

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Bad Robot  »

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Alex Neville: [as Blinky starts to stutter] Stupid fucking robot!
[turns Blinky off]
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Quality special effects, good cinematography
26 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

I couldn't help but crack up at the parts where Blinky was starting to go bad, I'd like to believe it's possible to depict a cute little robot going evil in a non-comical way, but maybe in this medium such a scenario just isn't possible and I should excuse the director. It was a very predictable short and nothing too clever, but the special effects were top-notch and the acting was above average. The idea behind BlinkyTM was unoriginal but the story seemed very fleshed out and set in reality compared to most other shorts of the horror genre, if you can even consider BlinkyTM "horror". That's the main problem I had with this short: the absolute lack of horror aspects in it. The film dragged on and that's saying a lot when talking about a 13 minute short; nothing really happened, 12 minutes were used to set the stage, and 1 minute was used for horror.

The short itself--regardless of the lack of horror--was still well done, albeit riddled with clichés (fighting parents, neglected kid, takes it out on the robot, etc.) which make the film rather uninteresting. It's definitely not a short you'll remember for years to come, it's very forgettable but the quality of special effects and execution of the short overall--even though lacking in the horror field--earns itself a generous 7/10 from me.


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