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ABE is a tense, psychological horror about a robot who's looking for love in all the wrong places.

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Rob McLellan

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Rob McLellan, Rob McLellan (story) | 1 more credit »
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Sam Hoare ... Abe (voice)
Claire Huskisson Claire Huskisson ... Jennifer
Emily Baxter Emily Baxter ... Mary
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What if a machine, an automaton or a high-tech synthetic android could learn how to love, furthermore, what if a cold robot could sense and have emotions? With this in mind, Abe is programmed to love, and in return, it wants to be loved back. However, when all efforts to connect with its human object of desire fall short, rejection simply does not compute. Can rejection lead to jealousy and then to hatred when Abe's love is scorned? Written by Nick Riganas

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Abe: Concept not story
22 September 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Take the robot from I, Robot (2004) then make a 7 minute short combining concepts from Bicentennial Man (1999) and a torture porn movie and you have Abe.

It's a quaint little short that looks fantastic and clearly had money behind it. The trouble is that there is no story here, merely a concept. This would have been a great method of pitching an idea to a studio, but as a short it falls somewhat short. (Pun intended)

It tells the tale of a robot that once served a family, but after losing their love he proceeds to try and "fix" people believing them broken and does it in a less than pleasant manner.

The script is great and in some sick twisted way you can totally empathise, for that reason I actually found myself more than a little saddened by the premise but doubly so when I realised there wasn't going to be an actual story here.

Sure shorts have limitations imposed on them due to the length but they can still have a beginning/middle/end and this doesn't.

Someone pick this concept up and make a feature film out of it!

The Good:

Looks great

Well written

Excellent premise

The Bad:

No real structure

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

This furthers my stance on robots and my stance is NO

This would make a wicked twist for a Bicentennial Man 2


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30 April 2013 (UK) See more »

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