Small Screen Quarantine – Automata (2014)

So basically: “In the late 2030s, solar flares irradiate the Earth, killing over 99% of the world’s population. The survivors gather in a network of safe cities and build primitive humanoid robots, called Pilgrims, to help rebuild and operate in the harsh environment. These robots have two unchangeable protocols: they cannot harm any form of life and may not repair, modify, or alter themselves or other robots in any way.”

What you get is the origin of the species. A new species maybe. The end of an old one. One rising out of another?

I haven’t decided what I thought of this film yet, beyond that I enjoyed it.

Jacq Vaucan: You are the first one, aren’t you? You started all this.

Blue Robot: No one did it. It just happened. The way it happened to you. We just appeared.

I don’t know yet if this is a draft or a sort of stepping stone to move forward from earlier commentary I’ve made on other films. The topic, the origins of our concept of humanity, ie what makes us human, might need to be shelved for a bit. There are other things I need to process while I mull this stuff over. The synopsis above sounds dumb and this is not a dumb movie. It’s also beautifully filmed. Really a visual delight, though I do have to wonder why that since Bladerunner the slums of the future are always populated largely by Asians. And it’s always raining, or lifeless desert with very little in between.

I will also comment that this film again portrays the dread fear of the mechanized Nat Turner Uprising, which stands to reason because we still haven’t wrapped our heads around the idea of sentient robotic beings living among us as more than menial servants, slaves or expendable soldiers. Equals? God forbid. We still haven’t quite gotten that write with conventional humans.

Superior? Nah, you know that ain’t happening.

Anyway…. processing.

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