Robot Overlords is a UK/Canadian production that was released on July 3, 2015 in the United States. The premise of the movie is that robots have taken over the Earth in order to study it. In order to complete their mission, there is only one rule: all humans must stay inside their homes at all times. Failure to do so will result in death which is carried out by sentry robots. Humans are monitored with implants in their necks.
The main characters are Robin Smythe (Ben Kingsley), a collaborator with the robots, Kate Flynn (Gillian Anderson) who is the mother of Sean (Callan McAulliffe). She also cares for three other children, Alexa, her brother Nathan, and an eleven year old neighbor boy named Connor (Milo Parker). Smythe leads Kate to believe that her husband died in the battle with the robots, while Sean doesn’t believe him. When Nathan is accidentally shocked, it is discovered that the monitors can be disabled for thirteen hours. From this point on, the film is basically given over to the kid actors as they form a resistance cell and decide to look for Sean’s father.
The photography was good as well as the scenery. This was another chance for Ben Kingsley to play the bad guy and he did a decent job of it. I really didn’t recognize Gillian Anderson (for the few who don’t know her, she was Agent Scully in The X Files) but she was decent. Milo Parker (Connor) was apparently decent enough to be nominated for a Best New Young Actor award. As far as the logic of the story line was concerned, it bordered more on being a young people’s adventure story than a sci-fi story.
One of the turn offs for me with this film was the title. It sounds too cartoonish. A better title might have been Robots Never Lie since that was a sub theme of the movie. It was also used in the closing song. I think this movie might appeal more to 10-16 year olds than adults. I didn’t notice any crude language but some of the dialog was hard to understand because of the accents of some of the characters. The kid actors (if they were all 18 and younger) were decent enough looking, except Conner, in that boyish sense. He did have some good lines though. I would give this 4 stars out of 5 even though the story could have been stronger. I’d watch it again but I probably would not buy it.