Antonio Banderas Fights For the Robots in Automata

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Antonio Banderas Fights For the Robots in Automata

New sci-fi movie features friendly robots, human conspiracy

Cinescondite and Yahoo have debuted the first trailer for the upcoming sci-fi/action film Automata, featuring Antonio Banderas and looking very much like the lovechild (in style and story) of Blade Runner and District 9.

The film takes place "fifty years into the future," where Earth is reverting into a desert after its natural resources have been all but depleted. With the human population rapidly decreasing in number, a powerful corporation manufactures humanoid robots to help maintain what's left of civilization and order; employing specialist "insurance agents" like Jacq Vaucan (Banderas) to investigate reports of robot malfunctions - chiefly violations of the security protocols implemented to keep robots submissive to humans. During one such investigation, Vaucan encounters a community of robots who claim to have become sentient, along with a conspiracy that threatens man and machine alike.

Despite the similar themes, the film does not appear to be affiliated with the Penny Arcade comic of the same name. The film is the big-time debut of Spain's Gabe Ibanez, who previously directed the thriller Hierro with Elena Anaya.

Source: Cinescondite

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Got me hooked!

Damn, that looks good!

Antonio Banderas and what you could essentially call an Asimovian theme sounda like a match made in heaven to me.

Looked sharp, is this Gabe Ibanez's District 9?

This looks really promising and it even looks like it could be a spiritual prequel to the events leading up to The Matrix. The Animatrix: Second Renaissance to be exact.

This looks so awesome. This is on my must watch list

It remind me of I Robot but none the less I am interested by the trailer.

I can't deal with this dystopian stuff anymore...its starting to feel too real

looks nice, wonder if it breaks the "even benevolent technology is scary" routine last seen in Transcendence.

Vault101:
I can't deal with this dystopian stuff anymore...its starting to feel too real

Realistic feeling takes on issues likely to crop up in the near-to-mid future is exactly what we need to get a (hopefully not reactionary) discourse going.

Done well that is; Not talking about transcendence here.

I need to remember to watch that movie when it comes out.

xxobot:

Realistic feeling takes on issues likely to crop up in the near-to-mid future is exactly what we need to get a (hopefully not reactionary) discourse going.

Done well that is; Not talking about transcendence here.

definitely true

I just have a tendency to think too much about these things..I need to switch off sometimes

Hrm, didn't some studio option PA's Automata? I would think they wouldn't be too happy with another robot movie with the same name coming out.

I really enjoyed the Penny Arcade comic of the same name, especially the rain effects they used on the last few boxes. It's a shame that isn't being made into a movie but this one looks pretty freaking sweet regardless.

Also Banderaaaaaas, all my yes.

Vault101:
I can't deal with this dystopian stuff anymore...its starting to feel too real

Don't worry "depletion of natural resources" is something that won't occur in near future or distant future
We might run of carbohydrates, but there are supplement technologies already available.
For energy we will rely on fission (breeder thorium/uranium reactors can supply us with all the electricity we will need, for a VERY long time)
For carbohydrate raw materials we can always develop cellulose-related technologies (various grasses on land and algae on water)

Worst what can happen if carbohydrates become scarce is slight life level drop until our culture adapts and widely implements substitutes.

blackrave:
[snip.

mabye....mabye not...,mabye it will be something else

anyway its clear we're all feeling a little uncertain about our future (with good reason) its not so much that, its just I don't like my entertainment to be too bleak

anyway its cool, latest episode of OITNB is out..if it ever downloads I'm gonna watch that

Darn, I was really hoping that the Penny Arcade story had been made into a movie when I saw that title...

Someday, Carl, someday.

As someone who's tired of superheroes, and hasn't considered going to the movies in years... This, may actually get me going to the theater again.

Looks great.
I hope they'll manage to just tell a story, rather than simply using a setting to shove some enviromentalist/political/social message down our throats.
Most Sci-Fi nowadays makes me depressed, because instead of addressing interesting philosophical concepts, or telling interesting stories with real characters, they just use stereotypes to say how much humans suck, how great humans are, how our planet is dying, how terrorism and corruption is everywhere, how capitalism does... something, war crimes, revenge, and all this crap.
Why can't we just get a spark of reasonable optimism.

I find it hard to believe it's not related to the PA comic. If it isn't based on it, it's at the very least blatant plagiarism.

Pretty interesting and refreshing to see a movie about sentient robots that doesn't take the "THE INFERIOR MEATBAGS MUST DIE! WE ARE INEXPLICABLY EVIL!"-route.

Oh this looks really cool

Anyone else get a bit of an Elysium feel from it as well? Or maybe it is because Elysium is from the District 9 guy, and this has a District 9 feel as well, and I'm just confusing the two.

I get way more of a Blade Runner feel from this than anything else. Just from the mood and theme of what's going on.

And I am totally ok with that.

Awww yisss, Banderas.

Also, "Jacq Vaucan". How literate. Someone took an entry-level class in science fiction and heard about Jacques de Vaucanson, the inventor of automatons. His most famous creation is probably the Duck - which is, essentially, a mechanical duck created in order to reproduce the digestive system on a primitive level.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, a French dude who was raised by Jesuits created a pooping machine.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_de_Vaucanson

Could prove interesting, especially the vision of 'self-improvement as an expression of self-awareness.' Of course, the public at large could simply cling onto an easier, vastly more simplistic explanation and miss the entire point of the bloody film, i.e Transcendence (No, RIFT, the government, the blonde best friend, and Morgan Freeman are NOT the protagonists of the film, they certainly do NOT hold the moral high ground. How a film that paints Skynet as virtual Jesus can be decried as 'anti-technology' is almost painfully absurd. Dear, sweet, God, people! Just because one side has Morgan Freeman does not make it the de facto hero, as difficult as overcoming both that amazing voice and the ever-present magical negro trope may be. Does no one remember wanted?!)

I'm not a perfect scholar of "the maths"... but if it is now 2014, how does the year 2044 translate as "fifty years into the future?"
/rhetoricalquestion o.O
Otherwise... yeah this looks like it could be a far better telling of the I, Robot story in a different setting.

Scarim Coral:
It remind me of I Robot but none the less I am interested by the trailer.

i thought that, hopefully we get the I, Robot that we deserve

I wonder if Melanie Griffith is going to play Antonio's Estranged Love Interest/Ex-Wife in the story. Which would make things...awkward, depending on how the scenes play out.

I can see it pretty easily too, the one clip of her seems to suggest her character is a specialist in the field of robotics, and they probably broke up because he couldn't understand her fascination/love with robots, and she couldn't stand his capacity to go out and hunt/kill them.

EnigmaticSevens:
Just because one side has Morgan Freeman does not make it the de facto hero, as difficult as overcoming both that amazing voice and the ever-present magical negro trope may be. Does no one remember wanted?!)

"Shoot THIS mother fucker..." Pepperidge farm remembers.

I think the fault rests with Transcendence thinking it was smarter and more clever than it was in playing on the "the audience will instantly think tech is bad, and then we'll pull the rug out from under them" idea than it really was. As weird as this may sound, I think "Lucy" did the "knowledge isn't the enemy. Ignorance is" theme a lot better than Transcendence did. And it starred Morgan Freeman as well. I'm seeing a theme here.

Hopefully this movie can...transcend...those pitfalls.

tdylan:

EnigmaticSevens:
Just because one side has Morgan Freeman does not make it the de facto hero, as difficult as overcoming both that amazing voice and the ever-present magical negro trope may be. Does no one remember wanted?!)

"Shoot THIS mother fucker..." Pepperidge farm remembers.

I think the fault rests with Transcendence thinking it was smarter and more clever than it was in playing on the "the audience will instantly think tech is bad, and then we'll pull the rug out from under them" idea than it really was. As weird as this may sound, I think "Lucy" did the "knowledge isn't the enemy. Ignorance is" theme a lot better than Transcendence did. And it starred Morgan Freeman as well. I'm seeing a theme here.

Hopefully this movie can...transcend...those pitfalls.

I would agree with you about Lucy, except for the fact that they got SO much science wrong in Lucy, that it showed a clear sign of ignorance, or at the very least a lack of giving a shit about being correct.

tdylan:
I think the fault rests with Transcendence thinking it was smarter and more clever than it was in playing on the "the audience will instantly think tech is bad, and then we'll pull the rug out from under them" idea than it really was,

And yet people bit that freaking lure so hard they snapped the goddamn line! Listen to MovieBob's review and then read the comments section.... There's something so reactionary in the responses to that film that people cite the fuckers whose response to 'bad tech' was to slaughter a dozen scientists within the first 15 minutes of the film as the protagonists. I never found Transendence's display too pretentious, or for that matter, even all that clever (Hell, it's no Ajami or Cloud Atlas, what with mandela pattern narratives), it's just really good at apparently poking a very irrational, reptillian part of the human brain and making normally clever people momentarily but profoundly dense.

Rounded head with static eyes....sigh. Why can't robotics go into more realistic designs for futuristic sci-fi movies? Recalling the robots used in Elysium, they had square boxed heads, antenna, hydraulics, wires, a fully realistic looking set up (even if their movements were not).

I understand that when full robotics is achieved that they -the corporations in control of it all- will want to get a friendly public opinion by designing them similar to the human aesthetic, but not to the detriment of realistic design.

The author of the article may want to use a calculator, 2014+50=/=2044. 2044-2014=30.

I am looking forward to see it. Like an I Robot an Blade Runner merge, which could have great potential since I thought both movies were lacking a bit.

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