Robot Overlords 

Posted: March 25, 2015 in FILM REVIEWS/COMMENTS
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 *** This review may contain large robot spoilers ***

After eleven days the Robots from space took over Earth, three years later a group of youngsters figure out a way to fight back.

There’s a handful of dedicated British actors including Tamer Hassan as Wayne and a cameo from Geraldine James. Sir Ben Kingsley appears as a traitor to the human race with a northern accent and Gillian Anderson stars along side the young lead actors who figure out how to defuse their restraining blots that keep them under home arrest.

Writers Jon Wright and Mark Stay borrow elements from classic film and TV science fiction shows, Matrix and Terminator-like flying machines, giant century robots, Borg space cubes and Stars Wars droid restraints to name a few. Even dogfighting spitfires like in ID4 and Robcop’s ED-209 countdowns.

Callan McAuliffe is notable as Sean Flynn who with the help of his friends go looking for his Dad Danny played by Steven Mackintosh. The scope sometimes feels BBC kitsch but Wright offers some nice explosions and special effects. There’s a beat pounding score with a Brit location and retro feel reminiscent of a mix of Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965), Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966), The World’s End (2013), Lifeforce and 1984.

Hardened scifi fans may want to skip Wrights’ bread and butter addition as its derived from many other science fictions. While not as thought provoking as the recent The Machine, as fun as Attack the Block or as good as World’s End, it is nicely put together and worth viewing for fans of old school British scifi who may get a restraining jolt buzz from this production.

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