ByMirza Mohd S Baig, writer at
Mirza Mohd S Baig

The best part about this film is that, well other than indicating that it is one of the most campiest films to be out in a long while, it totally embraces its cheesiness, & doesn't let any form of negativity get in its way. As a viewer, the CGI effects may seem too lame for this era, well obviously due to the presence of more convincing and edgier blockbusters from major studios. But does that mean the film is bad? Of course not! The film is fun enough to excite the 13-14 year old kid inside you! The story takes place three years after robot aliens (no not Deceptions) take over Earth & everyone is forced to live indoors. Stepping outside risks being vaporized by a hulking Sentry or picked off by a lethal drone. Through the ruins of Britain a group of kids - Sean Flynn (Callan McAuliffe), Alexandra (Ella Hunt), Connor (Milo Parker) & Nathan (James Tarpey) living with their guardian Kate (Gillian Anderson) set out to join the Resistance.

Hot on their heels however is their old teacher turned robot collaborator Mr Smythe (Ben Kingsley). The storyline is totally simple, it never tries to say something deeper or political or something else. Dystopian future movies tend to bring up something thought-provoking, but this film just sticks to the classic saving-the- world premise. And for once, it feels refreshing, specifically for not stopping by providing an overlong sentimental drama or a romantic subplot. The characters are only on a quest where they are often encountering robots, other ridiculous ideas and little twists that don't betray what it has setup. Otherwise, there is nothing actually special about it, but there's a real momentum that makes it easy to watch. When the robots start clashing, it gets too loud, the effects look good enough for a B-movie, bringing a sense of scale for these typically designed machines. but the shining moments are basically when the heroes are finding new discoveries in this world, it's basically just embracing what this should be an adventurous ride. Frankly, I wasn't expecting a cinematic wonder, and the attachment of Ms. Anderson and Mr. Kingsley was enough to raise interest, but on a serious note I am glad I check this film out. Director Jon Wright borrows 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. Unusually excellent for this level of movie was the robot created by the robotic overlords to liaise between the robots and their conquered human subjects. It should come as no surprise that this "interface" robot was depicted as weird looking 10-year-old kid. Usually, anytime aliens are played by human actors it's always disappointing. Where one is looking for the eye-candy of a nice alien you're just stuck with a human actor. Not this time. This robot kid is subtly just wrong in every direction.

Everything about him is creepily off. The basic proportions, the ratios between head and body and arms and legs, the too-puffy cheeks, the unblinking blue eyes, and so on, make for a very convincing alien robot character. Among the performances Callan McAuliffe & Ella Hunt are most notable. Gillian Anderson in the role of the former Teacher and Mother was surprising different as known from other movies I remember to have watched with her. I really hope to see more movies with her on the big screen in the future. While Sir Ben Kingsley is unintentionally hilarious! Movies like this would easily be groaned at and we can already see why. And for some reason, the film seems aware of its own trashiness and instead makes a simple fun out of it. On the whole, 'Robot Overlords' may not be the best Science Fiction movie ever created, but that is not the aim anyways. Yet unlike many dumb B-movies out there that doesn't accept its absurdity by glossing it over with gravity that makes no sense until it stops being watchable, this film at least has the joy over its preposterous nature; the hero kids do impossible things, the villain sneers his plans, the other characters are nice for the sake of being nice and they're against giant robots. But again, there's nothing brilliant about it, it never gave us anything meaningful in the end, but it sure is amazing seeing a movie like Robot Overlords that is confident enough to be released in today's blockbuster cinema.


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