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Wire Cutters (2014)

A chance encounter proves fateful for 2 robots mining on a desolate planet.

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Somewhere in a far-off and barren planet, a small but industrious mining robot is looking for precious minerals, all alone with its helper. And then suddenly, in this seemingly desolate land, an unexpected encounter with a much larger mining excavator will give birth to a fruitful alliance. But the transparent and phosphorescent crystals are sparse, and sometimes, even an automaton could be tainted by greed. Written by Nick Riganas

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Manic miners
8 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

Meet a new addition to the list of cute, humanised robots in the vein of Johnny 5 and Wall-E. You know how it works: it's those eyes that instantly force your empathy, with their expression of sadness and loneliness and childish innocence despite being mechanical.

This short story is perfectly told, first introducing our gentle hero, with its silent and emotionless companion truck that looks like an old cartoon guard dog. Then the encounter, the "friendship", the conflict, the chase... In its futuristic setting, Wire Cutters seems, at times, to be paying tribute to the oldies, to the Tom & Jerry and other classics of the 1940s.

It is indeed very amusing, but what really got me is that it's also quite a tragic story, and so I found myself laughing and saddened at the same time. Yes, simultaneously. And about machines. I call that a very, very good job.


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