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Automata (2014) - Movie Review

"Surviving is not relevant. Living is. We want to live."

Automata is a movie set in dystopian post apocalyptic future. Robots or the Automata were created to help humans survive and serve them and are programmed with certain protocols. Antonio Bandares plays an Insurance agent of the company who created these machines and is investigating cases where robots seem to be violating their protocols.

In some ways, this movie felt like Blade Runner+I, Robot. The city, the atmosphere, the human condition, all looks bleak and hopeless. The director certainly had a good vision. The execution of said vision left much to be desired though. The thing this movie excelled at was capturing the fear of characters in the movie from true A.I. We, the viewer really do feel a certain creepiness and eeriness when looking at pure cold expressionless Automata and the soundtrack accompanying it elevates the feeling. Went really well with the flow of the movie. Also, the Autmota were clunky and slow, kinda like how robots would be like in the near future, gave a sense of realism.

The human characters in the movie weren't interesting, nor were they well acted. Antonio was the only one felt somewhat good. I did like the Automata characters though, and their development was good-ish. The movie tried to shuffle between action and deep story and kinda failed at both. The action especially was lame and the story felt messy at times. Characters often behaved really stupidly.

Still, the world, the A.I depiction, the moral questions that arises with this stuff etc made for a decent watch overall.



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