Automata(2014) Movie Trailer & Review

The lure of making a full-blown English-lingo futuristic actioner must have been particularly seductive, and Bulgarian locations, with Nu Boyana’s seasoned studio crew, no doubt allowed costs to stay within reason. The production designer’s vision, however, isn’t enough to anchor a fantasy story: Even for sci-fi, some logic has to enter the plot, which also needs to be devoid of major holes if it’s not to fall into ludicrousness, and that, tactlessly, is where “Automata” lies.

Automata(2014) Movie Trailer & Review

Automata(2014) Movie Trailer & Review

Lengthy intro titles explain the situation: It’s 2044, and the Earth’s surface is so radioactive that 99.7% of the population has been wiped out. Technology has retreated, and safety can only be assured within the cities. Robots designed by the ROC corporation serve basic human needs like construction, and are incapable of becoming threatening because they’re installed with two security protocols: One, they cannot harm any form of life, and two, they cannot alter or repair themselves.
In a transparent floor-length waterproof unlikely to challenge the fashion fury of Neo’s “Matrix” duster, hardened cop Wallace (Dylan McDermott) shoots and destroys a robot that is apparently altering itself. “How’s that possible?” everyone asks. Insurance investigator Jacq Vaucan (Banderas) is sent by boss Bob Bold (Robert Foster) to find out. But Jacq (pronounced “Jack”) is tired: His wife, Rachel (Birgitte Hjort Sorensen), is about to give birth, and he’s yearning to escape the dust-colored city, perhaps for the seaside he sees in visions from his (possible?) past.

A dissatisfied insurance dick is a support of film noir, and until about now the script holds together even if Wallace’s contribution isn’t really clear (and never will be). Jacq chases a rogue robot into the “ghetto” outside the city confines, where he witnesses the automaton setting itself on fire. No one believes Jacq’s story — robots can’t alter their protocols, we’re constantly told — plus experts can’t explain why the two oddly-functioning machines were secreting spherical “nuclear batteries.”
Jacq learns there’s a hooker robot named Cleo acting a little fishy, so he tracks down its creator, Dr. Susan Dupre (Melanie Griffith, also supplying Cleo’s voice as well as a dyed platinum version of her “Something Wild” hairdo for the robot). She offers some information, sort of, though the movie itself isn’t quite sure what to do with the character apart from having her add a little unnecessary complication. Basically, the ROC people, headed by Mr. Hawk (David Ryall), are flipping out because if robots can fix themselves, then the company’s warranty income plummets, putting them in the same position as the Maytag repairman. They’re also concerned because “the 2nd Protocol exists because we don’t know what’s beyond the 2nd Protocol.” OK, got it.

Meanwhile, the impossible is happening: Somehow certain robots’ “bio-kernels,” or brain matrices, are being changed, making them forget the 2nd Protocol. Jacq breezes up being taken by Cleo and three rascal units into the desert, where radiation should probably be killing him, but seemingly that would inconvenience the plot. Wounded, helpless, the battery on his technologically regressive pseudo-Blackberry gone, he tries to get the robots to return him to the city, but they’re bent on bringing him to their mysterious leader.
Wasn’t the audience told this mysterious leader had been deactivated? Why does he create a kind of dog-cockroach using the nuclear battery? Can real birds of prey exist in radioactive environments? Why does neo-classical choral music suddenly invade the soundtrack? These and other questions won’t be answered anytime soon, possibly. So wait for the answers till you watch the movie. It may give your answers soon.
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