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Automata (I) (2014)
"Autómata" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  17 October 2014 (Bulgaria)
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Jacq Vaucan is an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation who investigates cases of robots violating their primary protocols against altering themselves. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.

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In 2044, solar storms have killed 99.7 % of the world's population and only 21 million people survive. The ROC Corporation has designed and built robots called Automata Pilgrim 7000 to help to rebuild the world. These robots have two security protocols; they can neither harm humans nor alter themselves or other robots. When police officer Sean Wallace shoots a robot and claims that it was altering itself, ROC insurance agent Jacq Vaucan is placed in charge of the investigation. Soon he believes that there is a "clocksmith" illegally modifying the robots. Jacq wants to live in the coast and asks his boss and friend Robert Bold to transfer him with his pregnant wife Rachel Vaucan to the coast. Robert offers the possibility if Jacq resolves the case. Jacq and Wallace go to a brothel where the modified robot Cleo attends and Wallace shoots its leg, expecting that the owner will lead them to the clocksmith. They meet Duprè but she is not the clocksmith that is modifying the robots. Soon ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Your time is coming to an end. Ours is now beginning.


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As Vaucan walks outdoors, the audible warning message contains two grammatically incorrect phrases: "entering in a restricted area" and "not responsible of your security." The correct phrases should be "entering a restricted area" and "not responsible for your security." See more »

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When Jacq and Cleo are dancing, the shots keep changing who is "leading." Sometimes it's Jacq, other times it's Cleo. See more »

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Jacq Vaucan: I am going to die here. That's all I know.
Blue Robot: Jacq, dying is a part of the human natural cycle. Your life is just a span in time.
Jacq Vaucan: You are the first one, aren't you? You started all this.
Blue Robot: No one did it. It just happened. The way it happened to you. We just appeared.
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Music For The Royal Fireworks - Overture
Written by George Frideric Handel (as G.F. Handel)
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Visually outstanding achievement. Underrated by critics and worth the watch
31 December 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Automata' (2014) is a critically underrated and atmospheric science- fiction thriller in the same vein as 'I Robot' and 'Blade Runner'. It boasts excellent visual effects, as well as an engaging and intelligent story. While it borrows from other science fiction it does so successfully, especially the atmospheric and decaying world we're thrusts into from the beginning.

The story centers around Antonio Banderas's character, Jacq Vaucan - a world-weary insurance agent for a robotics corporation whose job is to investigate robots violating their protocols which are one: harming any form of life, and two: they can neither repair themselves nor alter another robot in any fashion. On the trail of a robot Vaucan discovers a robot stealing parts in an apparent attempt to alter itself. This leads him to the clock master - a fixer who may have just succeeded the second protocol.

Automata is a throwback to thoughtful science fiction. It's not for the feint of heart but if you're engaged and buy into the world and the premise then you'll be rewarded. The film surprised me in a lot of ways

  • especially for such a relatively small budget but imagery is


fantastic and the effects are mostly practical, and built with little computer generated imagery save for some backgrounds and action scenes which make it that much more realistic.

It's slower and probably has less action but if we're comparing it to what it will inevitably be compared to, 'I Robot', Automata is a better movie. More thoughtful, grittier and executed a whole lot better visually. It's not a perfect flick by any means but it's worth watching and deciding for yourself.

7.5/10


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