Robot Overlords

Robot Overlords

Jon Wright (2014)

12 Certificate


Our Score
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.


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.

Cast & Crew

Robin Smythe Ben Kingsley
Kate Gillian Anderson
Sean Flynn Callan McAuliffe
Nathan James Tarpey
Alexandra Ella Hunt
Mediator 452 Craig Garner
Donald David McSavage
Monique Geraldine James
Director Jon Wright
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Signature EntertainmentGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 27 Mar 2015
Drama Children's