Wow. The look of this movie from the trailer is stunning. The world feels real and gritty and that’s due to the special effects or lack thereof. I honestly can’t tell how much CGI is used, but, if it is used, it’s damn good.
Gabe Ibáñez directs this futuristic sci-fi film. It is his second feature length film. If this is as good as the trailer looks, we could be looking at another innovative Spanish directer. Though Ibáñez is in his early forties, so I don’t know why he hasn’t gotten into film before. He also wrote the script for Autómata.
Antonio Banderas plays the lead. It seems as though leading roles are far and few between for the aging Spaniard, but it Autómata clicks, we could see a resurgence. Banderas still has some spunk, if you ask me.
And that bearded guy is none other than Dermot Mulroney. I’m sorry, I mean Dylan McDermott.
But the concept involved in this film is reminiscent of Asimov’s I, Robot and Terminator. Asimov created the three laws of robotics, which clearly influenced Ibáñez’s two protocols and the idea of robots becoming sentient is right out of Terminator. A happy marriage between the two robotic ideas is one killer premise, if executed originally and not as a second-rate reboot of some sort. Something is telling me that it won’t be.
1st Protocol: A robot cannot harm any form of life.
2nd Protocol: A robot cannot alter itself or others.
I’m all for reusing and combining ideas, as long as the new material is well developed.
Autómata hits theaters in a limited release on October 10, 2014.