How many times have you played a game or watched a film that takes place in a dystopian future? Chances are that if you’re a fan of sci-fi, it happens a lot. Automata takes many overused elements of other dystopian sci-fi films but fails to distinguish itself as something worthwhile.
I’m a fan of Antonio Banderas because he has exactly two modes: funny and sploosh prince. Can he be serious? Maybe. Understandable? Even less so. Giving him a script that requires complex analysis of scientific possibilities was one of the worst things the movie could have done. The second being adding Melanie Griffith and Dylan McDermott in roles that fit outside their type casting. I appreciated the movie for giving them the opportunity to do so, but the stiffness of McDermott’s tough guy Batman voice, and Griffith’s wavering plastic surgery mom who needs a cocktail and an antidepressant demeanor ruined most of what little good the dialogue had. I can’t even speak for Banderas’ wife (Brigitte Hjort Sorenson) because the extent of her character was to be beautiful and pregnant.
TL;DR Generic, boring and unimportant. Automata is neither a feat nor anything worth remembering as a failure.