Automatons (2006)

Machines fight for control of a world destroyed by man in this ultra-low-budget sci-fi saga from filmmaker James Felix McKenney. A global war has left the surface of the Earth uninhabitable, and the few humans who have lived through the… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 13, 2006
DVD Release Date: January 29, 2008
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

I yearn to encounter livelier less-than-zero-budget attempts at post-apocalyptic science fiction than this one.

Joe Leydon

An unwieldy mix of self-conscious camp and heavy-handed allegory, Automatons plays like a cheesy '50s no-budget sci-fier with serious delusions of grandeur.

Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Try to phase out the redundant and uninspired political discourse and focus only on the sporadic bursts of robot aggression, which McKenney shoots at gloriously odd, jumpy angles.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

McKenney worked in underground theater and comics before turning to filmmaking with movies such as Canniballistic. Judging by Automatons, he's worth keeping an eye on.

Nathan Lee
Village Voice

Robot radness achieved!

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

With its retro look, cautionary theme and not-so-special effects, Automatons is a shameless ode to 1960s sci-fi and classic television shows.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

The acting is flat, and the scientist's ideological speeches too bluntly designed to mirror post-9/11 rhetoric. But there's a dreamy fascination to the iconic images of machines fighting a perpetual war for the human creators they'll inevitably outlast.

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The lone survivor of a devastated nation lives alone in a bunker, her only companions being the voice recordings of a long-dead scientist (Angus Scrimm) and the… More