Directed by Gabe Ibanez
Starring Antonio Banderas, Dylan McDermott & Robert Forster.
Automata tries its best to be thought-provoking and edgy but fails miserably. Superficially, it does have a couple of thoughtful moments but once the protagonist Jacq Vaucan (Banderas) ends up in the desert, the plot runs out of steam. Conceptually, it ‘steals’ so many ideas from Blade Runner that it’s embarrassing.
For the first 30 minutes of so, the look of the city, Vaucan’s trench coat attire (with that private dick veneer) and the constant inclement weather smacks of Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi movie adaptation of Philip K Dick’s android classic, Blade Runner. But at least director Ibanez managed to keep the interest level at a reasonable level. But then the plot jumps the shark and nothing makes any sense from then on.
Not the worst sci-fi movie out there but that third act was simply awful. If nothing else, enjoy the minimalist soundtrack from Zacarias M. de la Riva (he probably owes Philip Glass royalties as well!)