Antonio Banderas’ Automata (2014) releases in movie theaters this upcoming October 10, 2014 in movie theaters and on VOD platforms. This new sci-fi thriller from director Gabe Ibanez seems so similar to I, Robot (2014) but I really think that they made great strides to improve on the concept. Cast in Automata are Antonio Banderas, Birgitte Hjort Sorensen and Dylan McDermott.
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 AUT?MATA. 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.
Writer/Director Gabe Ibanez was driven to tell a story that blurs the lines between science fiction and reality. Ibanez gives audiences a compelling look into the theory of evolution and what life might be like for mankind in the not too distant future. With powerful performances from a cast including Antonio Banderas, Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, Melanie Griffith, Dylan McDermott and Robert Forster, AUTOMATA is a sci-fi film noir that explores the potential dangers and complexities when mind and machine merge.
Synopsis: Jacq Vaucan is an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation who investigates cases of robots violating their primary protocols against altering themselves. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.
Directors: Gabe Ibáñez
Genres: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action
MPAA Rating: R
Writers: Gabe Ibáñez, Igor Legarreta, Javier Sánchez Donate
Producers: Antonio Banderas, Sandra Hermida, Avi Lerner, Danny Lerner, David Varod, Les Weldon
Musicians: Zacarías M. de la Riva
Editors: Sergio Rozas
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