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Quatro histórias de robôs integrados ao dia a dia banal das pessoas. A primeira história é a mais impactante: uma mulher precisa aprender a cuidar de um robô bebê para receber um bebê de verdade se provar sua capacidade.
4 short films about the relationships between humans and robots. No end of the world stuff here. Charming at times. Has influences from the novel iRobot but still very much it's own thing. Largely an Asian cast which is cool to see. Nothing groundbreaking but does has its moments.
some clever ideas. low budget, but worth a look.
Not a bad little film, but that's about all that stands out.
I like stories about robots. That being said, that isn't a story about robots. It's four stories about robots. This makes it seem more like watching a marathon of a television show than a movie.
One story I liked "Machine Love", one story I didn't like "The Robot Fixer" and the other two were average.
4 different stories, 1 movie. I only liked 2 but the concepts of all are interesting and all of them are well acted.
Rather than making one really good short film, director Greg Pak decided to film all four of his robot-themed short stories and compile them into one film.
The first story, My Robot Baby, follows a couple as they take home a robot baby to show they are responsible enough to handle a real one. It's not a bad concept for a robot-themed film, and is a plausible scenario that will be familiar to anyone who had to take care of an egg for a sex ed class. As it turns out, the robot baby looks quite a bit like a football-sized egg with cardboard eyes stuck onto it. Despite the cheesy props the story does contain some interesting ideas, like when the robot's "mother" reprograms the bot so that it automatically takes care of itself. Unfortunately the concept was better explored and in much greater detail in Steven Spielberg's A.I., and it quickly dissolves into a silly suspense film when the baby robot runs amok late at night.
The second story, The Robot Fixer, isn't really about robots at all. A distraught mother is visiting her comatose son, who has been hit by a car. While cleaning up his apartment, she and her daughter find his collection of robot toys. The mother decides to complete her son's collection in a symbolic bid to put her son back together. By the time this one was over I was ready to stop watching this turd, so I did.
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Four short stories involving robots, sometimes only in the most broad way. The first story about a bad mother and her robot child felt like a bad episode of the new Outer Limits. The second, about a woman trying to come to terms with her son's coma, is interesting and well acted, but feels out of place. The third, about a new piece of office equipment is cute, even if it doesn't cover any new ground. And the final story about an artist who isn't sure he wants immortality is probably the best and most challenging of the stories, and helps raise the whole piece up a notch. Overall, it feels like science fiction written by someone who doesn't really like science fiction, which is odd, because Greg Pak has gone on to become a fairly well respected voice in comics, many featuring science fiction.
A collection of 4 short stories all revolving around robots (as the title implies). The stories have a kind of Twilight Zone feel to them but none are very good. My favorite was the third story, a tale of two robots who seek love. Definitely not the most original story but it was interesting.
Each story is about the length of a TV Show minus the commercials.
Overall Rating: 5.4/10
Robot Stories is an indie film that apparently had a budget of about five dollars. As the title indicates, there are four short stories, dealing with artificial intelligence in one form or another.
There is very little heavy lifting on display here; no deep sci-fi ala Philip K. Dick or even pondering the ethics of Robotic Code, or, except for the last tale, any pondering of morality or the soul, as one gets with Asimov. Belying the title, these series of stories are concerned more with simple human elements, and really, robotics, or AI have very little to do with it.
For example: the first story, entitled Robot Baby, deals with parenting more than anything. A young, successful career couple decides to have a child - only in this future scenario the couple must first tend and nurture a robot baby. There is a nice twist at the end of this story, which makes the viewing viable, but really, without the twist the story is very "been there, seen that".
The second story is so very "so what" that I'm not even going to give it a second thought, while the third has only a "cute" factor going for it, along with one of two decent performance in the film (oddly by the writer/director himself - hmmm, perhaps the entire project was merely a way for him to show off his robotic shtick).
The fourth story has a bit of gravitas to it, containing the other bright performance, in a tale dealing with questions of the soul and the definition of humanity. Here there is a bit of artistry in the filmmaking, but otherwise the stories are all very straight forward, and the direction and cinematography echo that.
Overall, nothing to write home about, or even truly recommend.