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Automata (2014)

Autómata (original title)
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Human race is at edge of the end. Robot race is at edge of the beginning.

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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
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2044. The climate change and a series of solar storms have turned in a desert the surface of the planet and annihilated to the 99.7 % of Earth's population, leaving alive 21 million people across the world in a single city covered by mechanical clouds (zeppelins anchored to the city) to make rain. Trying to rebuild the world again, a robot company named ROC Corporation create Automata Pilgrim 7000 with two security protocols: 1st, a robot cannot harm human beings, and 2nd, a robot cannot alter himself or another robot. But this situation changes when police officer Sean Wallace shoots and destroys a robot claiming that it was altering himself. With the company worried by the possible implications if the case were known by the people, insurance agent Jacq Vaucan is chose to investigate the happened, while Vaucan tries to convince his boss, friend and brother-in-law Robert Bold to transfer him and his pregnant wife Rachel to the coast, with Bold accepting the request if Vaucan solves ... Written by Chockys

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


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

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Trivia

The protagonist's name "Jacq Vaucan" is probably a reference to "Jacques de Vaucanson," an 18th century inventor famous for his creation of intricate clockwork automata. See more »

Goofs

Dr. Durpre says that self repair implies that machines have a conscience. A better term would be consciousness, as self-repair indicates more of self-awareness of self versus of knowledge of right and wrong. See more »

Quotes

Robot: Why is it so difficult for you to accept my orders if you're just a machine?
Vernon Conway: Just a machine? That's like saying that you're just an ape.
Robot: [shoots the robot]
Vernon Conway: [having fallen to its knees] Just a violent ape.
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Crazy Credits

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

Soundtracks

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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Visually outstanding achievement. Underrated by critics and worth the watch
31 December 2014 | by pootcSee 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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Spain | Bulgaria

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2014 (Bulgaria) See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,237,990
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