Artificial intelligence gone bad has been a part of popular culture since the turn of the twentieth century. Authors and filmmakers alike have been fascinated with the prospect of a robot uprising. Hollywood has rehashed the idea with varying success. From cult classics such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner to modern, big budget productions like A.I. Artificial Intelligence and I, Robot, we’ve all been made well aware that an unfortunate future where Earth becomes Planet of the Robots is probably just around the corner.
Cinematic heavyweights Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott have had their turn. Now, Spanish director Gabe Ibáñez has tried his hand at the genre with his sophomore feature film, Automata. Starring Antonio Banderas, Dylan McDermott, Robert Forster, Melanie Griffith and up-and-comer Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Automata addresses the implications of a future society faced with the beginnings of a technological singularity.
With a surprising cast and a promising premise, Automata is one to look out for. Automata has a limited release in the US on October 10.