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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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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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Release Date:

30 April 2013 (UK) See more »

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Έιμπ See more »

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The short film was turned into a short virtual reality experience for the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. See more »

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Never The Cynical Pitch It Could Have Ended Up As
30 March 2014 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

Did someone mention this feels like a pitch rather than a short film in its own right ? Just checking with both the IMDb and The Short Of The Week website it just so happens to turn out that writer/director Rob McLellan has been given the go ahead by MGM to turn this in to a feature length film . If we're being cynical then it's easy to state that this was indeed the agenda behind ABE the short film . Not to be entirely cynical it should be pointed out that a lot of short films use the exact same technique and when it's obvious like the Edward Snowdon inspired short VERAX boy oh boy it is too painfully obvious for words and if someone was standing at a street corner holding a begging bowl with a sign round their neck saying " Give me some money to make a feature film guv . I haven't eaten for three days " it wouldn't be any more cynical

In its favour it does in grammar terms have a present continuous feel . By that I mean the actions Abe has started happened before the story started and are still continuing . Some suspension of disbelief might be needed as to why someone felt the need to build a robot with emotions and the fact a robot walking around kidnapping or at the very least stalking women might lead to police attention , but I guess if recent cases are to go by the police can't investigate any sort of sexual crime unless it's thirty years old . Abe does give away enough exposition to make the audience clearly understand his motives and they are believable to an extent . What ABE holds as a winning hand is the emotionless but effective vocal talents of Sam Hoare . Yeah a flat computer voice wreaking havoc while speaking calmly has been done many times before most famously in 2001 but here it works very well . I somehow doubt if the feature length version of ABE will be a massive success but here's hoping it doesn't pander to Hollywood by having lots of explosions and CGI


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