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Automata (2014)

Autómata (original title)
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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.


Gabe Ibáñez
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Banderas ... Jacq Vaucan
Dylan McDermott ... Sean Wallace
Melanie Griffith ... Duprè
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen ... Rachel Vaucan
Robert Forster ... Robert Bold
Tim McInnerny ... Vernon Conway
David Ryall ... Dominic Hawk
Javier Bardem ... Blue Robot (voice)
Boris Kabakchiev ... Boy #3
Lyubomir Neikov Lyubomir Neikov ... Poot
Krasimir Kutsurapov Krasimir Kutsurapov ... Palance
Anton Lamrev Anton Lamrev ... Unknown Boy
Geraldine Somerville ... Samantha
Harry Anichkin Harry Anichkin ... Clift
Stanislav Pishtalov Stanislav Pishtalov ... Lance


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Bulgaria | USA | Spain | Canada



Release Date:

17 October 2014 (Bulgaria) See more »

Also Known As:

Automata See more »


Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film takes place in 2044. See more »


It is very strange Jacq did not see the ocean since he was a boy, as it is within a fuel tank's reach. The vehicles they use are powered by gasoline engines, and their range is few hundred miles with a full tank, supposing they have a full tank. See more »


Robot: If we go back to the city, we will die.
Jacq Vaucan: To die, you have to be alive first.
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Crazy Credits

Under 'special thanks' in the credits, "power-horse" energy drink is listed See more »


The Arrival Of The Queen Sheba
Written by George Frideric Handel (as G.F. Handel)
Arranged by Irving Washington
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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Intense thriller with a plot that makes us wonder about our existence, and it's concept.
5 November 2014 | by mederaoSee all my reviews

When I first read the synopsis, I thought it would be an action movie, 'I, Robot', or something like that. But I was wrong... and I'm glad of it.

At first we have a brief explanation about what happened to earth(as we know it) and the robots protocols, but we understand it quite well, as it is very simple and objective... The movie begins with a scene that is a real punch in the face, and we get to see how the movie has a subjective plot. Then we face the fact that those protocols ain't working like they should... And there you are... Embarking with our protagonist, Jacq(Antonio Bandeiras), in a journey for answers. Those answers can be about the robots, as well as it can about us... So called human.

The movie has a slow pace and it develops in a different way than the average thrillers does... We watch a bunch of fight scenes and gunshots, but it ain't the point of the movie, those are consequences of the journey itself.

The score is for times absent, but it doesn't make it bad... When we hear it is great, it gives the movie so much heart... It's incredible.

The acting isn't so great... You can doubt the characters frequently, as you can't relate to them frequently, as well, and it's completely understandable.

At the end there's this feeling that the movie could be really more than it really is, there was so much potential... The movie isn't bad, it is awesome, but sometimes it just lacks character(and it incredibly comes from the human ones).

If you haven't watched this: Go ahead, it's amazing.

"Dying is a part of the human natural cycle. Your life is just a span in time."

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