It’s already mid January and I haven’t done a trailer spotlight yet. Well, I just saw this on Flipboard this morning and I just had to blog about it. It’s from Jean-Pierre Jeunet who made Amélie (2001), and I haven’t seen anything he’s done since then. I never saw A Very Long Engagement and he’s only done a couple of features (one was a TV movie) and a couple of short films in the past two decades. Not exactly the most prolific filmmaker eh, but probably Mr. Jeunet has other jobs/projects.
In any case, check out the trailer of his new sci-fi comedy:
A group of bickering suburbanites find themselves stuck together when an android uprising causes their well-intentioned household robots called Yonyx to lock them in for their own safety.
This trailer definitely has Jeunet’s quirky signature all over it. It stars prominent French actors: Dominique Pinon who’s been in pretty much all of Jeunet’s movies, André Dussollier, Claude Perron, and Elsa Zylberstein. The subject matter of robots malfunctioning & ‘smart’ tech being a threat on humanity is nothing new, so filmmakers have to be more creative in coming up with the plot to make it fresh. The bright, vivid colors and the French suburban setting with wacky, peculiar characters already sets it apart from the usual brooding, morose sci-fis involving evil androids.
The different style and shapes of the robots have an interesting variety, too. Now this one looks like an even creepier version Robocop, ahah.
Having just seen I’m Your Man recently, I’m on the lookout for more humorous-but-poignant robot movies. This one looks pretty wild and hysterical, and like most movies about robots, usually it’s the humans who are wreaking havoc on themselves. Set in the not-so-distant future of 2050, I wonder just how advanced AI technology would be… seems plausible enough, though as the kids say in the movie, people seem to think back then that we’d have flying cars by now, ahah.
In any case, I can’t wait to see this on February 11 (my birthday!)… though it’s got plenty of competitions as there are SO many films coming out that Friday: Liam Neeson’s Blacklight, Kenneth Branagh’s long-delayed Death on the Nile, and J-LO + Owen Wilson’s rom-com Marry Me. I’m really hoping there’ll be a screening for Death on the Nile for my Brit crush Tom Bateman!