If you know anything about me at all, it’s that I’m both enthralled and terrified by the idea of robots, humanoid and otherwise. I can’t help but be utterly fascinated, but I live in fear of a future where we’re surrounded by them, and finally either assimilated or completely wiped out. Like any irrational fear, it draws me in, eat me alive, and then I hide under my bed awhile. I’m sure you can relate, right?
Spanish writer/director Gabe Ibáñez has joined up with Antonio Banderas (who produced and stars) to produce Autómata, a concept film with what Banderas calls “a European approach to science fiction. 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.” Autómata follows robotics corporation insurance man, Jacq Vaucan (Banderas) through his investigation of robot manipulation, and it looks like things go a little haywire…as events involving robots tend to do.
This trailer has everything I love about a great science fiction/robot movie; the robots are still machine-like enough to terrify me, they’re just on the edge of being controllable (or not), and someone or something is bent on taking them to the next level. There’s a predictably big, bad corporation with Robert Forster (seemingly) at the helm. And holy shitballs, that dragging scene is enough to make me wet my pants! (Remember, never let the bastards get control.) Banderas and co-star Dylan McDermott are all scruffy and dirty, which has nothing to do with anything, but it doesn’t hurt either.
Autómata also stars Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Melanie Griffith and Andrew Tiernan; it’ll be in theaters and On Demand October 10th.