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AUTOMATA

Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  110 minutes, featurette, theatrical trailers, previews

VIDEO: 2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital TrueHD, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

 

STUDIO: Millennium Films/ Green Moon

RELEASE DATE:  11-18-2014

Jacq Vaucan (Antonio Banderas) is an insurance investigator for ROC in a post-apocalyptic near future where increased radiation has killed off most of human life except for almost 22 million which live in the remaining cities with the assistance of robots called Pilgrims.   Jacq is investigating a pair of Pilgrim 7000 robots who can repair themselves because the robots are made by ROC not being able to alter themselves or others which is the second protocol and the first protocol is they aren’t allowed to have harm to come to any form of life.   He is searching for the renegade clockmaker who is altering their programming, but he begins to wonder if the Pilgrims are becoming self aware as he waits for his pregnant wife Rachel (Brigitte Hjort Sorensen) to give birth to their daughter.   His boss, Mr. Bolt (Robert Forster), and ROC just want to have him close the case while a rogue police detective (Dylan McDermott) isn’t very interested in it either.

 

AUTOMATA is one of the most interesting and thought provoking science fiction movies of the 21st century as it explores the issues of life and self awareness.  It is a post-apocalyptic future where the land around the remaining Blade Runner type cities are surrounded by loads of sand and some of the land is even highly radioactive.    Humanity fears robots becoming self-aware and that is why ROC had the second protocols in place.  The cast is excellent while director Gabe Ibanez has created one of the best imagined futures since BLADE RUNNER and HARDWARE.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

The Making of AUTOMATA is a five minute promotional fluff featurette which offers no real depth into the making of the interview except for quick interviews from Gabe Ibanez, Antonio Banderas, and Dylan McDermott as they talk about the plot of the movie along with clips from the film and little bits of footage showing guys in green suits moving the robots.

 

Also included on the blu-ray is the theatrical trailer and trailers for STONEHEARST ASYLUM, GOOD PEOPLE, DEAD WITHIN, and THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  AUTOMATA is the best visual sci-fi cult film since BLADE RUNNER and HARDWARE.  I wish the making-of featurette had more meat to it, but you shouldn’t pass up this little sci-fi gem.

 

  This review is 11-19-2014 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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