Set in the year 2044, Automata (starring Antonio Banderas) is a film noir style sci-fi romp that borrows heavily from Issac Asimov. When gradual desertification threatens earth’s remaining humans, a company called ROC creates android helpers that are ruled by two protocols: One, an android must never harm a human, or through inaction cause a human to be harmed; and two, an android cannot alter itself or other androids. Jacq Vaucan (Banderas) is an insurance agent tasked with investigating defective units when he discovers something that will change the course of human history.
Banderas gives a wonderful performance as the main character Jacq where we see a man about to become a father and eager to make a better world for his child, yet feeling trapped in a job he doesn’t enjoy.
Melanie Griffiths returns to the big screen as an illegal robot tech, Dra. Dupre, who alters the units and turns them into sex robots, as well as the voice for one such robot, Cleo. She steals the show, and I found myself wanting more of her back story and more screen time as Dra. Dupre, however her voice work as Cleo was very well done. Birgitte Hjort Sørenson is a great addition to the cast as Rachel Vaucan, Jacq’s wife. Sørenson and Banderas have great onscreen chemistry and their relationship in the movie makes us feel for the characters. Automata was directed by Gabe Ibáñez and written by Gabe Ibáñez, Igor Legarreta, and Javier Sánchez.
Automata will be released on October 10th in limited theatres.