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Fortress: When Robots Fight our Wars

by Paul Strauss

The way things are evolving with drone and autonomous tank technology, it’s not that far-fetched to imagine a time where wars are fought entirely by machines on our behalf. But what would happen if the machines turned on us and then continued to fight amongst themselves. That’s the vision behind director Dima Fedotof’s short film Fortress (Крепость in his native Russian).

The CGI animated film envisions a dark retro-future in which robots continue to survive and outlive humanity. It’s clear that Fedotov has tremendous artistic ability, offering up an impressive battle sequence which takes place between robotic aircraft which kill already dead pilots, and to rain down hell on the already destroyed and desolate cities below.

And while it requires a certain suspension of disbelief that these robotic craft could continue to refuel themselves and fly in perpetuity, it’s not like the same problem didn’t exist in Snowpiercer, and that didn’t make it any less of a film.

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