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Robot Overlords

  • Drama
  • Children's
  • 2014
  • Jon Wright
  • 86 mins
  • 12A

Summary

In a world controlled by a robots, the human population is constantly monitored and is unable to venture outside. However, a boy manages to turn off his personal surveillance device, enabling him to begin a search for his long-lost father, who may hold the key to saving humanity. Family sci-fi adventure, starring Ben Kingsley, Gillian Anderson and Callan McAuliffe.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Director Jon Wright's budget sci-fi romp is so old-fashioned in look and outlook that it feels like an artefact from the Children's Film Foundation era, only with misplaced adult humour and bad language. Three years ago, alien robots conquered Earth, forcing humanity to wear transmitters that vaporise anyone straying from home imprisonment. Affable hero Callan McAuliffe learns how to short circuit the tracker implants, breaks the lethal curfew and sets off to find his missing father who heads the resistance. In so doing, he learns the real purpose behind the cyborg invasion. Ben Kingsley hams it up in true panto villain style as a robot collaborator while Gillian Anderson is left floundering with little to get her teeth into as the hero's foster mum. The scale of the film is more Doctor Who than Transformers, with the British seaside setting only emphasising the quaintness of what is essentially an elongated chase sequence made up of predictable action beats and very little tension. Pity, because Wright's previous low-budget sci-fi romp Grabbers was immense fun.

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Credits

Cast

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Robin SmytheBen Kingsley
KateGillian Anderson
Sean FlynnCallan McAuliffe
AlexElla Hunt
NathanJames Tarpey
DannySteven Mackintosh
MoniqueGeraldine James
WayneTamer Hassan
Morse Code MartinRoy Hudd
ConnorMilo Parker

Crew

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DirectorJon Wright

Details

Theatrical distributor
Signature Entertainment
Released on
2015-03-27
Guidance
Swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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