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2014-10-10 10:59
What's it about:

Millions of robots witness the decay of the human civilisation. Millions of robots ruled by two security protocols: Don't have any form of life and don't alter yourself or other robots.

Fast-forward 50 years into the future. Earth is in the midst of gradual desertification. Mankind struggles to survive as the environment deteriorates and the slow regression of the human race begins. On the brink of life and the reality of death, technology combats the prevailing uncertainty and fear with the creation of the first quantum android: the Automata Pilgrim 7000. Designed to bring help for society’s plight, man and robot reveal what it means to coexist in a culture defined by human nature.

The descent of civilisation is juxtaposed by the rise of ROC, the corporation at the helm of robotic intelligence. Despite the demise of humanity, the company has set forth security protocols to ensure that mankind always maintains control over the manufactured. As ROC insurance agent Jacq Vaucan routinely investigates cases and complaints surrounding defective androids, he begins to uncover the secrets behind who is really manipulating the Automata Pilgrim 7000. Jacq’s own suspicions propel the mystery, uncovering a truth that is far more complex than any machine.

What the critics say:

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.
Tom Keogh, Seattle Times

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.
- James Rocchi, TheWrap

Antonio Banderas does work hard to keep us engaged in this convoluted sci-fi thriller about rebellious robots. After an hour, though, you'll wonder why you didn't just stay home to watch "Blade Runner" again.
- Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

Much like a spate of recent summer blockbusters, there's a tiring sense that every single facet of the narrative has to be rendered with truculent solemnity.
- Clayton Dillard, Slant Magazine

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