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Automata Blu-ray Review

Automata Blu-ray

“Automata” is a visually stunning bore.

After solar radiation wiped out 99.7% of the population, the human survivors live behind walls and mechanical clouds in order to be protected. The walls, clouds, homes, cars and so forth were built by robots known as Pilgrims (who were made by the ROC Corporation). The robots were designed to never harm humans or alter themselves, but an insurance agent (Jacq) for ROC discovers, this might not be true. Jacq finds himself stumbling a secret that could not only threaten his life, but possibly the existence of humans. What exactly is this great mystery?

From a visual standpoint, “Automata” is near perfect. Sure, the film owes a lot to “Blade Runner,” but the futuristic world here is both believable and fully realized. The cityscapes, sets, props, F/X, and especially the Pilgrim robots are all expertly made. Outside of the visuals, however, “Automata” has little to offer.

Even though the cast boasts talented actors such as Dylan McDermott, Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, and Robert Forster, everyone here is given little to do. The characters are simply too stiff and underdeveloped and are overshadowed by their robotic castmates.

The story doesn’t fare much better as it unfolds at a snail’s pace. Despite the fact that there are some interesting ideas about self-aware robots and a sort of post-apocalyptic society, writers Gabe Ibanez, Igor Legarreta and Javier Sanchez Donate do very little with these concepts. The anti-climactic ending doesn’t help matters either.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? Say what you will about the movie, but the practical and special f/x and cinematography by Alejandro Martinez are first rate.

Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 5.1. How does it sound? The sound f/x, dialogue, and score are sharp.

Extras:
* Millennium Entertainment trailers.
* A nearly 5 minute making of featurette that contains film clips, interviews, and discussions about the film.

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March 27, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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