Automata

Automata

Blu-ray Disc - 2014 | Blu-ray version.
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In the future where Earth's ecosystem verges on collapse and man-made robots roam the city, one man must evaluate and eliminate the profound consequences of artificial intelligence on human existance.
Audience: OFA rating: Not rated.
Publisher: Los Angeles : Millennium Entertainment, LLC, 2014.
Edition: Blu-ray version.
ISBN: 9781616663162
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray FIC Autom
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
In English with Spanish subtitles.

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humbleworm
Sep 17, 2019

Ugh, was surprised to find I'd already seen this so it didn't make much of an impression the first time and I fast forwarded through the whole film the 2nd time. It shares some aspects of Asimov's Robot series and has a lot in common with the original Blade Runner film (1982), but is as dreary as the Blade Runner 2049 sequel (2017). I think 80's-style post-apocalyptic fiction has run its course.

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kaytatmain
Jun 05, 2019

Starts off weak, but ends real.

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brovnikdu
Nov 20, 2018

This is an underrated movie. I liked it!

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Ky68RasK
Nov 02, 2018

Nowadays much is discussed about the possibility (or rather probability) of robots achieving self-awareness.

In this film, that's what happens (surprise!)

The humans are afraid, naturally. The hero sets out to discover how much of a threat they pose. It's a very interesting subject.

This is a post-apocalyptic scenario, so much in fashion today, but "hope springs eternal..." so the end leaves an opening for our dear human race.

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jimg2000
May 29, 2017

Should have watched this sci-fi sooner if I knew it was so good. While the special effects were not spectacular but plenty good enough to tell an uncluttered story of technological "singularity" with dead-on acting of a hopeless human living in a hopeless future by Antonio Banderas.

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oneworker
Aug 04, 2016

Very, very good! Action, suspense, mystery, SF dystopia. The few million remaining humans are dependent on robots after a solar plasma storm hits earth & kills billions. The robots are encoded: 1. Must not harm humans 2. Must not repair themselves. What could go wrong?

loganlib_Ashley Jun 26, 2016

I can't admit that this film is perfect. Or I can, in spite of my 3 star rating.
But it does build a fantastic world using the dystopia/cyberpunk genre, and although that sort of depiction is getting less and less scarce these days, it's always great to experience any enthusiastic artist's vision of it.
In this case, you've got your AI and your dystopian occupation ingredients. The set designs, outfits are great, and Antonio is fairly engaging as an actor, maybe not so much a couple of others. But! It does feature Sir Percy Percy of Blackadder as a near unrecognizable villain!
But yes, great to look at but the plot doesn't really go anywhere significant.

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BritCrimeDramaFan
May 31, 2016

Interesting premise a la Asimov which loses its way, and in the end does not satisfy. The robots are more believable in today's technological world than many recent films, but the supposed scientific jumps were just too drastic to be believable, even in a sci-fi movie. Banderas and Forster are fine just don't have good enough material to work with. I enjoyed the noir sensibility of this film, but can't recommend it overall.

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sugahara
Jan 12, 2016

The Rainy Intro reminded me of "Blade Runner." But "Blade Runner" had a better script, special effects and complete storyline. "Automata," does have a lot of violence, with car chases and gun battles. The Robots aren't supposed to be able to repair themselves. But then, one female robot begins to have the skills to repair herself and other Robots.

C20T11 Nov 19, 2015

Excellent Movie.!

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jimg2000
May 29, 2017

IMDb has posted the best quotes already. Here are two:

Why is it so difficult for you to accept my orders if you're just a machine?
-Just a machine? That's like saying that you are just an ape.

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Funny, you were supposed to help us survive.
-Surviving is not relevant. Living is. We want to live.

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