Au­tom­ata

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated dvd & blu-ray - Steve O’Brien

Re­lease Date: 11 May

2014 | 15 | Blu- ray/ DVD

In the year 2044, most of the world’s pop­u­la­tion has been wiped out by so­lar flares. The sur­vivors cre­ated a race of ro­bots, named Pil­grims, to help rebuild so­ci­ety, pro­gram­ming them with two pro­to­cols: they may not harm any form of life and they may not mod­ify them­selves or any other robot.

So what hap­pens when they find an over­ride to the sec­ond rule? With ro­bots now about to self- re­pair and up­grade at will, the Pil­grims look set to evolve rapidly, leav­ing mankind be­hind.

There are a lot of good ideas in Au­tom­ata, but the script doesn’t have the courage of its premise. Bor­ing ac­tion, cliché- drenched sub­plots and poor cast­ing tor­pedo the movie, and only Ale­jan­dro Martínez’s rich cin­e­matog­ra­phy emerges with any dig­nity.

Ex­tras: Mak­ing Of; in­ter­view.

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