Science fiction. Robots. Spaniards.
At first glance, one could easily mistake the new Antonio Banderas sci-fi flick, Automata, as a third outing for Neill Blomkamp; but then it also looks like Joseph Kosinski may have had his stylistic fingers on the project. It turns out the film is actually directed by a nobody, but boy does this look like Gabe Ibanez’s big break! The idea of robots gaining consciousness isn’t anywhere near a new plot development, but if style carries a film, it can do that a long way.
An insurance agent (Banderas) for ROC robotics corporation, investigates manipulating robots. When he finds out they are becoming aware, he is kidnapped by Blue (Javier Bardem) and the fight for survival ensues. Nothing truly original, but it sure looks cool and has an amazing cast. Take a look at the trailer below:
Automata essentially looks like a mash-up of all of our favorite science-fiction stories and environments. It’s got some Blade Runner, Mad Max, Oblivion, etc. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t look thrilling. Antonio Banderas has been having his own winning streak, and this just might be a favorite from fans. But the rest of the cast is spectacular! Javier Bardem as a robot is sublime, Dylan McDermott is always great, and Melanie Griffith is… well, Melanie Griffith.
The only issue is convention. While the film might look insane, if it goes too far into being another “robots have feelings” plot, the film might not work all that well. That doesn’t look to be the case, but it’s something that should be looked into.
Automata does not have a release date yet, but expect something very soon. What are your thoughts on the trailer? Does this look a bit conventional for you? Does the style grab your attention? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
And here’s the really badass poster for the film: