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Jacq (played by Antonio Banderas) is an insurance assessor working for ROC, a company that produces the Automata Pigrim 7000 which is a type of robot made to assist humans in the wake of a deteriorating planet Earth. But although the robots have been programmed to be bound by specific protocols, someone has been tinkering with the robots, and Jacq has been blamed.
This is a humans-headed-for-apocalypse film where the humans are relying on robots to save them. Not a particularly original idea but this film has been well made and the story is competently told, if a bit too long. It helps significantly that the robots are by and large practical props and not digital - this gives the film a greater sense of realism and it must have helped the actors react to the robots in the many scenes where they interact. In the acting department, Antonio Banderas does a particularly good job. The filmmakers have also done a good job in conveying the scale of the devastation of Earth with some sweeping views of cities in a desert landscape and lots of shots in dirty streetscapes, etc.
The film is OK on Blu-ray but not excellent. The picture is cold and colourless however the clarity is good. The audio is lossless dts-HD MA but the dialogue can be unclear at times. 3.5 stars.
I was torn between giving this 3 or 4 stars. Antonia Banderas looks way different from anything i have ever seen in him in before and i don't just mean puss in Shrek! This is sort of like a realistic I robot. With robots moving at a shuffle instead of jumping around and completing complex manoeuvres. It's a little slow in places but it has a story line and you can listen to Antonio without keep picturing him as puss in boots. I thought it was good as robot films go.
this film surprised me I thought it was going to be a rip off of : I Robot : but I found it to be grittier and far better acting and hardly any C.G.I which I preferred , I rate this far higher than :I Robot : acting, substance, characters not C.G.I. that's what counts here.
Stunning, gripping movie. Never seen Antonio Banderas like this before! He plays a depressed insurance agent in a depressed city without much law and order investigating strange things going on with robots that are integrated in society as all-round helpers. I loved the movie.