Automata PosterAutomata, directed by Gabe Ibáñez and starring Antonio Banderas, looks surprisingly intriguing. It’s actually closer to Isaac Asimov’s novel I, Robot than 2004’s motion picture by the same name, and has a lot of elements in common. In its dystopian future setting, robots are everywhere, and some may be turning against us. Antonio Banderas plays Jacq Vaucan, a robot insurance agent who investigates cases where humans interfere with the normal function of robots. When he encounters a case where a robot is making alterations in other robots, things get interesting fast.

The robots in this trailer are very believable. Instead of fanciful collections of artistic brush strokes that have no basis in the realities of engineering and the properties of physical materials, these robots are something that could conceivably be built using technology we already have. The robots look like a natural extension of all the current trends and capabilities of modern robotic design and research. The plausibility of how these robots look and move gives the movie a solid foundation that allows us to accept the rest of the premise without having to struggle with it.

Do artificially created self-mobile intelligences have the potential to become living things? And if so, what happens next? The natural evolution of intelligent life from nonintelligent components is a common theme in science fiction, and it looks like it’s getting the royal treatment in Automata.

Have a look.

Automata stars Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith.  It releases from Millenia Entertainment on October 10, 2014 in both theaters and via on-demand electronic distribution.


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