In Review: Robot Overlords

The cast and crew just got on with it, making a film devoid of cynicism and wearying post-modern deconstruction.

Synopsis: Three years ago, alien robots took over the earth. The subjugated population was placed under permanent curfew. Those who ventured outside their homes without authorization would be incinerated.

Review: Mark Stay and Jon Wright wrote an unapologetically formulaic film. ‘Robot Overlords’ is practically an homage to the science fiction family fare of Steven Spielberg. Gillian Anderson did due diligence in the Mom role, making me feel old. Ben Kingsley gamely hammed it up as the human antagonist — a skeevy collaborator interested in Anderson’s Kate.

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The kids were the kids, accidentally stumbling into cyberpunk destiny, when one of them inevitably became key to overpowering the enemy from within.

Additionally, there was the chestnut commentary on the British class system, as well as stone circles and refurbished Spitfires aiding the resistance. Even with all these tropes, the film was refreshing. The cast and crew just got on with it, making a film devoid of cynicism and wearying post-modern deconstruction.

‘Robot Overlords’ will premiere at all UK Cinema’s on March 27, 2015.

Written by Mark Stay, Jon Wright

Directed by Jon Wright

Cast

Callan McAuliffe as Sean Flynn

Ben Kingsley as Robin Smythe

Gillian Anderson as Kate

James Tarpey as Nathan

Ella Hunt as Alexandra

Craig Garner as Mediator 452

David McSavage as Donald

Geraldine James as Monique

Tamer Hassan as Wayne

Steven Mackintosh as Danny

Chloe Bompas as Poseidon

Jonathan McAndrew as VC Teen

8
Robot Overlords
  • Performances, VFX
  • Brace for a by-the-numbers story
  • Story
    7
  • Acting
    9
  • Visual Effects
    8

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.

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