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the future sure is bleak

Watched two movies.

Automata. Starring Antonio Banderas. This starts out like some of the best Asimov robot short stories, especially Little Lost Robot. The earth is a desiccated, irradiated husk but slowly being rebuilt by robots with two Protocols. One says no harming humans. The other says no self modification. Antonio is tasked with tracking down the origins of a group of robots that apparently can modify themselves. Then the story gets sidetracked quite a bit. The evil Robo Corp henchmen decide Antonio must be in on the trouble and are sent out to get him. So much trouble could have been averted if they had even once asked him what was happening, but no. Shoot first, ask questions later. Turns a rather good mystery thriller into a boring bang bang western.

The Colony. Starring Morpheus. Like Snowpiercer the world is frozen over after a global warming reversifier. Instead of the silly train conceit, however, people live in underground bunkers like in Fallout. So far, so good. Then we get lots of contrived conflict, blood thirsty cannibals (why is it always cannibals?), and whatever. I stopped caring.

Disappointing. It’s like the producer/director for each movie got halfway through, realized they hadn’t used any of the spurting blood budget, and then decided to use it all up. But at least in terms of atmosphere and setting, they were briefly entertaining.

Two movies, two bonus comics!

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Posted 30 Oct 2014 19:36 by tedu Updated: 30 Oct 2014 20:25