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​Fast 5 Hot Bots – and a peek at the new Antonio Banderas Sci-Fi "AUTOMATA"
Staci Layne Wilson

While Automata, the new dystopian science fiction film from visionary Spanish director Gabe Ibáñez, does indeed deliver an intelligent robot plot… they just couldn’t resist making one of the mechanical minxes a former sex surrogate. (Not that there's anything wrong with that...)


The shapely, souped-up Roomba first shows up in lingerie and a fetish wig, but soon shucks her trappings and goes on the run (or lockstep as the case may be) with the human she’s been programmed to protect -- Antonio Banderas as an unwilling fugitive from the corrupt corporation he once worked for.


While the film is actually not great, it does boast a great, gritty look and feel. The robots – there are some male machines in the mix as well – are 100% mechanical yet textured with non-sappy human traits.

The mere fact this movie was made, and more movies like it are poised on the horizon, shows just how fascinated we continue to be with the possibility of artificial intelligence in people-shaped packages. Ever since Maria made her debut in Metropolis way back in 1927, we’ve been fascinated with the possibility of man-and-machine relations.


Until Automata hits theaters in limited release on October 10, check out these racy robots from days of yore.



Playboy Playmate played the ultimate plaything in the low-budget 1980 sci-parody Galaxina.



Jude Law portrayed to perfection a foxy ‘bot built to serve a woman’s every need and desire in A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001).



Kristanna Loken as T-X (“Terminatrix”) made male temperatures rise as the first on-screen female Terminator in Rise of the Machines (2003).



Way back in 1973, Yul Brynner was a badass leather-clad killing machine in Westworld, one of the first fantasy-horror takes on the genre. (The gold standard of bots gone bad would really come alive in ‘75 with the release of The Stepford Wives.)



Daryl Hannah brought sex and style to the screen in the 1982 epic Blade Runner as Pris, a “basic pleasure model” replicant.


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