By Dave B.
In Robot World (2015, currently on Hulu) a lone pilot is sent to investigate the first habitable planet that his species has found. Upon arrival at the new world, an accident forces the pilot (played by Ian Rowe) to abandon ship and his escape pod crash lands on the surface. After searching for basic necessities, the pilot encounters the planet’s inhabitants: aggressive robots engaged in an inscrutable war.
Robot World is a low-budget indie film, so it’s not too surprising that it has some problems. The camerawork isn’t great. Occasionally. scenes will temporarily and unexpectedly go out of focus and sometimes the camera is a bit shaky. And the audio isn’t always great.
Despite these understandable technical deficiencies, Robot World has some surprising strengths. For starters, it has a good concept. The movie is effective at keeping up an air of mystery about what is happening. This is particularly noteworthy considering that the only onscreen character is the nameless pilot. Further, the movie’s twist is quite enjoyable, if somewhat muddled in its presentation. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the film is the quality of CGI that it employs to create the robots. Although they often look somewhat…emaciated, they mostly appear as real as the surrounding environment in the film.
Overall, Robot World is solid. I recommend this movie, but if you’re looking for lots of action and witty dialogue, this film will not be your cup of tea. However, if you’re someone who appreciate slower, quieter, more thoughtful sci-fi films, and have a fondness for creative indie work, then you should consider giving Robot World a look.
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