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Autómata Trailer

by Paul Strauss

Noted Spanish director Gabe Ibáñez is the man behind AUTÓMATA, a science fiction film about a world in which humans are on the edge of extinction, and robots begin to proliferate. Humans must learn to live in a world where they must co-exist with androids, despite the fact that the robots are likely to outlast our species.

Fast forward fifty years into the future, planet 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 in AUTÓMATA. 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 support to society’s plight, man and robot reveal what it means to co-exist in a culture defined by human nature.

The descent of civilization 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 mankind always maintains control over the manufactured population. As ROC insurance agent, Jacq Vaucan (Antonio Banderas) 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 the make or model of any machine.

It sure sounds like an interesting premise, although the end of humanity and something of our own making taking over does seem a little derivative of the Planet of the Apes franchise. And the part where Antonio Banderas goes around retiring defective robots seems a bit close to Blade Runner. Guess we’ll have to wait until October 10, 2014 to find out.

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