Plot: What’s it about?
Having never been a huge Science Fiction fan, I can’t say I was expecting much from Automata. In fact, it wouldn’t have even crossed my radar had I not received a copy for review. While the film won’t be remembered as a modern classic, it is still quite entertaining and well-paced for a film of this sort. Antonio Banderas (with a shaved head) stars as Jacq Vaucan, he is a claims specialist for a for a robotics company. He is informed that a robot has been altered to smuggle parts. He reluctantly takes the job to track down and stop the robot in exchange for relocation. He has a pregnant wife and his family’s best interest is his top priority. The film has many similarities to other Sci-Fi films such as Blade Runner and I, Robot. It toys with the notion of a world assisted by machines and technology. I don’t think I’d ever want to live in a world run by robots for the simple fear of them one day turning against us all. That thought alone frightens me.
One’s enjoyment of this film might depend on how far you’re willing to go with the premise and not over-think things. If taken in the proper context, it be rather easy to get behind. It’s not always the most visually appealing film, but it still has enough pros to warrant a viewing. I could see if it had a bigger budget that maybe some of the effects might’ve been better rendered, but there’s nothing terribly problematic. For those interested, you could do a lot worse. I’d recommend a rental.
Video: How’s it look?
The future might not be very pretty, but the transfer still makes it look quite nice. Many scenes take place out in the open where it’s often sun-drenched. The colors were constantly strong and clean throughout. I noticed no real issues whatsoever. There are also a number of darker scenes indoors that still display fine definition. Banderas and his shaved head add to the details as you can clearly see the stubble on his head and face coming through. The print showed no flaws of any kind. It might not be the best looking film, but the transfer is top notch. The image is AVC encoded with a 2.35:1 ratio.
Audio: How’s it sound?
We get a Dolby True HD track that also satisfies, but isn’t overly active. It gets the job done without becoming too involving. Vocals showed no major issues, and while things could’ve been a bit crisper, this is still a nice track to compliment the film.
Supplements: What are the extras?
- Making of… – This is a brief (4:50) feature that offers some notes on the making of the film. Don’t expect anything too detailed since it’s just under 5 minutes.