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Beautiful to look at but narratively hollow, Autómata short-circuits its handful of intriguing ideas with an overload of sci-fi clichés.
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Visually inspired but thematically derivative, the apocalyptic sci-fi drama "Automata" pits humans against robots with predictable results.
Personally, if I were you, I'd bypass it for a double feature of "Cherry 2000" and "Runaway."
One gets the feeling of witnessing some kind of primordial origin story about parallel destinies for the human race and the intelligent machines we make.
"Autómata" is a movie that's all look and no feel, all sizzle and no steak; while it's remarkably easy to appreciate a film with such nimble visuals, the lead-footed storytelling makes it difficult to care.
There are interesting ideas here, but they are swallowed up in dull, poorly choreographed shootouts and other action nonsense.
Autómata's generic urban 2044 dystopia is a realm of hazily gray CGI buildings, many rubble-strewn and abandoned.
If robots are doing all of the hard work, where are the profits coming from in this slave economy? Who is this corporation exploiting? It only has one market. This makes no sense.
No matter how exhausted cinema is in its dystopian anguish, this film shows us that there are still independent horizons for the genre in the future. [Full review in Spanish]
The dialogue and the central narrative arc do not live up to the ideas present throughout.
This film begins well... but after a while it becomes way too ordinary. [full review in Spanish]
Automata has some interesting ideas but is let down by its clunky script and even clunkier acting.
Unfortunately, like some of the malfunctioning robots in the movie, Automata is a clunker.
The interesting premise is not developed to its full potential here. While the production design and effects are overall decent, it's the story that drags on a little bit. What begins looking like Blade Runner soon becomes more of a Neil Blomkamp kinda film, without taking the action or violence very far. The showdown is another example of a good idea not entirely thought or pulled through. Too bad, this could have been cooler.
Autómata is yet another film that would be considered a science-fiction film revolving around a dystopian future. This future is filled with robots who were created to serve man and in doing so have become an essential part of society. Unfortunately, the Earth's ecosystem is failing and humanity has been reduced to a fraction of what it once was. When we pick up with our protagonist we see he is hired to investigate a robot who is found to be tampered with and disobeyed one of it's primary functions, to protect people.
The film is much better from a visual perspective than a well conceived story and the film can seem like an over polished but weak film throughout it's running time. It deals with some meaningful topics but uses recycled cliches and ideas that aren't really original to drive the story along. Still, the film has its moments and moves along briskly enough to hold interest, but can be a little dull at times and hollow. None of the performances really deliver, but try to get through the film and it's C.G.I interactions with the actual actors involved. With such films as the Mad Max films, The Book of Eli and even The Hunger Games, there are better options with even larger budgets out there if you are looking for spectacle that isn't just purely visual candy. Still, if you like the genre there are worse films then this, and you can find something to like, even though the film isn't so complex as it would try to make you believe.
While the setting and ambiance of this sci-fi thriller are spectacular, the payoffs never add up to the potential of the premise, and it's thematic sloppiness makes it difficult to tell exactly what it's trying to say.
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