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Robot Overlords (DVD): Review

The Film

Earth falls to an invading force of robots from a distant galaxy. The new Robot Overlords confine all who remain to their houses, implanting them with an electronic device. Any who fail to obey are obliterated.

The feel of society, in the film hints at the classic 1984, with Big Brother watching over everyone, and ever the need to comply. However, here the stakes are higher and the control more stringent.

Ben Kingsley as Robin Smythe is easy to hate, and one finds one’s self wishing for his demise, even with his screen presence. It’s great to see Gillian Anderson as Kate, but the it’s the heroes, played by a lesser known cast, who pull the entire story together, seeking out the resistance and taking on the malevolent forces.

The plot feels very much like a video game, and will most likely draw viewers who would have an affinity to such things. There are no major twists, but the story is sure to keep you enthralled and entertained.

Would the forces of Earth band together to fight such an invading force of robotic aliens, or would be allow our usual bickering to lead to our downfall, and enslavement? Some thoughts raised by the film. Else, just marvel at the huge robots, and enjoy the carnage.

Disc And Bonus Features

The disc is encoded at a high bitrate, using the space provided on the disc. There are no visible on screen artefacts, and those with the relevant hardware or software can scale the image up to a larger size, if desired.

Sound is presented in a 5.1 mix, and while it doesn’t push the use of the surround channels, it does add to the on-screen action and feel.

Navigation is simple, yet functional. There are unfortunately no additional features on the disc.

Robot Overlords is available now, to purchase, in South Africa.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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