Sentient robots kidnap a human in this intriguing mashup of Philip K Dick and Isaac Asimov mythologies starring a bald Antonio Banderas and his real-life ex, Melanie Griffith. Which… is kind of a red flag, but wait. Give it a chance. Banderas plays an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation who routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity. And as someone who worries A LOT about the impending technological singularity, this movie REALLY SPEAKS to me. Also: the robots are RAD AS FUCK. I think we all need to see this.
Automata will open in theaters and On Demand simultaneously on October 10.
“Automata is, you know, my baby. And why I say that is because I produced the movie, besides being also the star of it,” Antonio Banderas recently said about the movie in a Reddit AMA “It’s actually an approach to science fiction in a very European way, in an independent way. It’s a movie about concept that is [a] philosophical, scientific concept called singularity, which is the time in which machines actually overcome the human mind. So it’s a very reflective philosophical science fiction, going back to the science fiction I love, like Isaac Asimov. That’s the type of movie we tried to do.”
The full synopsis:
Fast forward fifty years into the future, planet earth is in the midst of gradual desertification. Mankind struggles to survive as the environment deteriorates and the slow regression of the human race begins in AUTÓMATA. On the brink of life and the reality of death, technology combats the prevailing uncertainty and fear with the creation of the first quantum android, the Automata Pilgrim 7000. Designed to bring support to society’s plight, man and robot reveal what it means to co-exist in a culture defined by human nature.
The descent of civilization is juxtaposed by the rise of ROC, the corporation at the helm of robotic intelligence. Despite the demise of humanity, the company has set forth security protocols to ensure mankind always maintains control over the manufactured population. As ROC insurance agent, Jacq Vaucan (Antonio Banderas) routinely investigates cases and complaints surrounding defective androids, he begins to uncover the secrets behind who is really manipulating the Automata Pilgrim 7000. Jacq’s own suspicions propel the mystery— uncovering a truth that is far more complex than the make or model of any machine.