Automata Trailer: Antonio Banderas Joins the Machines

Millennium Entertainment has dropped the first Automata trailer, showing off what looks like a pretty good sci-fi thriller. Antonio Banderas (also producing) stars as Jacq Vaucan, an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation who routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot. He discovers that robots have become self-aware and more human than previously thought, leading to him running from the very corporation he works for. Dylan McDermott plays a human cop on his trail. We’re actually quite impressed with this trailer, even if the proceedings seem a little too familiar. The effects are decent, the tone is solid and the cast is strong. This Spanish-U.S. co-production could be one to keep on your watchlist.

Automata also stars Melanie Griffith, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, and Robert Forster.

Official synopsis for Automata:

Fast forward fifty years into the future, planet earth is in the midst of gradual desertification. Mankind struggles to survive as the environment deteriorates and the slow regression of the human race begins in AUTÓMATA. On the brink of life and the reality of death, technology combats the prevailing uncertainty and fear with the creation of the first quantum android, the Automata Pilgrim 7000. Designed to bring support to society’s plight, man and robot reveal what it means to co-exist in a culture defined by human nature.

The descent of civilization is juxtaposed by the rise of ROC, the corporation at the helm of robotic intelligence. Despite the demise of humanity, the company has set forth security protocols to ensure mankind always maintains control over the manufactured population. As ROC insurance agent, Jacq Vaucan (Antonio Banderas) routinely investigates cases and complaints surrounding defective androids, he begins to uncover the secrets behind who is really manipulating the Automata Pilgrim 7000. Jacq’s own suspicions propel the mystery— uncovering a truth that is far more complex than the make or model of any machine.

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ETA: USA (limited) & VOD – 10 October, 2014.