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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Automata: Movie Review

By: Lawatsera Lovers

The film starts with a brief explanation that in the future, the earth is already suffering from solar storms, which resulted to wipe out almost the entire human kind. In order for the remaining humans to survive the toxic environment, ROC Corporation developed robots, which have two important protocols that cannot be altered. First, the robots cannot harm a life and second the robot is prohibited from modifying itself and other machines. However, when an insurance inspector Jacq (Antonio Banderas) saw a robot violates the second protocol; he tries to investigate to find out the secrets of this machines.

When we first saw Automata; we hoped to see another sci-fi robot thriller that can follow the footsteps of Will Smith's "I Robot." Apparently, it didn't quite reach the mark and just made a clunkier version of it full of cliches and less action. On the positive side, the film is visually impressive. The robots isn't fancy enough, but they definitely look great on the screen. But beyond it's splendid appearance, the film suffers from the emptiness around its story.    

It is good to see Antonio Banderas taking the lead part, but there are no room for him to explore his character. It seems that the film gradually takes him down to avoid him for doing something awesome. His supporting cast also seems pretty bored in what they are doing, and wishing that their taping would end soon. 

Overall, Automata has the key elements to be a spectacular film, but it chooses not to be and takes a different direction. It is easy to appreciate its outstanding visuals but as a whole, the film failed to perform a magnificent trick that can disappoint its viewers. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 5 out of 10 stars

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Dylan McDermott

Directed by: Gabe IbaƱez
Distributed by: Multivision Pictures PH
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide

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