ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – R – Robot Overlords (2014

Director: Jon Wright

Writer: Jon Wright, Mark Stay (Screenplay)

Starring: Ben Kingsley, Gillian Anderson, Callan McAuliffe, Ella Hunt, James Tarpey, Milo Parker


Plot: Earth has been conquered by robots from a distant galaxy. Survivors are confined to their houses and must wear electronic implants, risking incineration by robot sentries if they venture outside.

Tagline – Robots never lie…….

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes


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Verdict: Young Adult 101


Story: Robot Overlords starts as the Earth has been invaded by robots and humans are confined to their homes, Kate (Anderson) has her own son Sean (McAuliffe) and adopted children Alexandra (Hunt), Nathan (Tarpey) and Connor (Parker). When the kids learn how to disable the electronic devices they venture outside.

Once outside the kids go in search of answers, keeping one step ahead of the robots one the chief Robin Smythe (Kingsley) who is working for the robots, they must learn the secrets of the invasion.


Thoughts on Robot Overlords


Characters – Robin Smythe is the zone chief, he works for the robots while keeping the humans safe when they could be in danger and are worth saving, he will not stop until he gets to be with Kate even if that means taking her son. Kate is the one that has taken in the orphans of the invasion and with her son she keeps them safe even in the battle against Robin. Sean is the eldest of the children, he leads the fight back once he discovers he has a very special ability in the war. The rest of the kids offer us comic relief when needed in the film.

PerformancesWhen we look at performances we must realizes Sir Ben Kingsley is in the film, this is the definition of a pay check performance from him. Anderson is good, but it is always hard to see her in any peril after the X-Files. The kids are good throughout never looking out of place.

StoryThe story here follows the pattern of the young adult movies, we have a group of teens that are in a post-apocalyptic world (well nearly) that must rise up and become the resistance. That is the soft outer shell of this movie, going deeper into the story we do have an original idea by having the robots force the humans into staying in their homes over just having them hiding. For the most part this would pass as what we know, it is the main twist which makes zero sense, but what the hell it worked to save the day somehow.

Action/Adventure/Sci-FiThe action in the movie does have a unique style, but just doesn’t come off in the most interesting or entertaining way, the adventure side of the film gives us the standard children, teenagers are the ones that will be the ones to save the day and the sci-fi ideas do work with how robots have taken over the world.

SettingsThe film is set in a small English coastal town, it is nice, but if you took the robots out of the scenes it looked like just backdrop stock photos.

Special EffectsThe special effects for the most part look very CGI, everything looks like a robot placed into the world rather than a robot in the world.

Scene of the Movie –
The final battle.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The ability seems very random.

Final ThoughtsThis is a basic young adult movie, it checks the boxes but never becomes one that you will remember when talking about them in general.


Overall: Standard young adult movie.




Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Grabbers (2012)

grabbersDirector: Jon Wright

Writer: Kevin Lehane (Screenplay)

Starring: Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey, Lalor Roddy, David Pearse, Bronagh Gallagher, Pascal Scott, Clelia Murphy


Plot: When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive.


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Verdict: Funny Little Horror Comedy That Grabs You


Story: Grabbers starts when a fishing ship comes under attack over night before we meet the Garda Lisa (Bradley) coming to the small island to work with Garda Ciaran (Doyle). While showing Lisa around the island we hat something has been attacking and beaching the wildlife off the coasts and now it has started to come after the people.

The two Garda have to work with the town drunk Paddy (Roddy) and scientist Adam Smith (Tovey) to stop the alien invaders that transport themselves through any means of water source but discovery that they need to be drunk to defeat the creatures.

Grabbers is a film that you have to compare to Tremors because of the comparisons with the standard characters, yes I know these characters that are trapped by water rather than sand but it is the same environment for the creatures. It really is easy to watch with laughs throughout and a nice spin on the don’t drink while fighting against an enemy. Just sit back and enjoy but don’t expect perfection.


Actor Review


Richard Coyle: Garda Ciaran O’Shea is the islands drunk police officer that has to show the by the book newcomer Lisa around the island. He does feel like he should help anyone on the island. Richard is good in this role without being truly memorable.

Ruth Bradley: Garda Lisa Nolan is the by the book new officer coming to the island only to find herself in the middle of a much bigger problem the island is facing. Ruth comes off as the strongest character well but the character does seem to be forgotten by the end.lisa

Russell Tovey: Dr Adam Smith is the scientist on the island that sees this as the discovery of a generation which could make a name for themselves and the island. Russell is quirky with is what you expect in these style of films.

Lalor Roddy: Paddy Barrett is the island drunk putting to shame when it comes to the amount of alcohol he can drink. Seeing how he always survives makes the rest of the island see what they need to do to survive. Lalor is fun as the town drunk.

Support Cast: Grabbers has a supporting cast that all work for the film.

Director Review: Jon WrightJon gives us a fun film that is easy to watch and laugh along with.


Comedy: Grabbers has good moments of comedy throughout.

Horror: Grabbers uses the horror to not let us see everything through the film until the final moments.

Sci-Fi: Grabbers has creatures from out of space how much more sci-fi do you want to get.

Settings: Grabbers uses the isolation setting for this film with everything happening on the island with no escape.
Special Effects
: Grabbers has great effects making the creatures look real from the first moment to the last.

Suggestion: Grabbers is one for the horror comedy fans to try, they should be entertained. (Horror Comedy Fans Watch)


Best Part: The Grabbers look great.

Worst Part: Lisa ends up looking weak by the end of the film.

Favourite Quote: Dr Smith ‘You really are Irish’


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Not yet but left open for on.

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Tremors


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: £4 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

Tagline: Last call at the bar.


Overall: Enjoyable horror comedy creature feature