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            A generation into the future, and the biggest technological advance is the development of robots.  And George Almore (Theo James) is excited about his new grant to do specialized research on his own.  He always did prefer working on his own.  The locale is ideal: a remote area, beside a waterfall, surrounded by forest, with plenty of security that he personally designs.  It's perfect for him, or so he thinks.  What he doesn't count on is the law of unintended consequences.

            The first prototype he builds is really kind of primitive.  A five-year-old's mentality.  Oh, yes, there's a speaking module, but he tends to talk to the #1 like a child.  Keep reminding her what she needs to do.  Tells her to trust him.

            He learned much from the first prototype.  The second one is much more advanced.  Approximately a sixteen-year-old in brain development.  But what George has forgotten, if he ever knew, is that sixteen-year-old females can be driven by their emotions.  Like jealousy.  This one can pout, as well.  And even decide to be disobedient.  That's inconvenient for George, because on occasion he'll go for a run in the woods, and come back to find that she's been messing with his experiments.  He tries to talk to her like he does the first prototype----you need to trust me---but George doesn't realize what he's up against.

            So he blithely moves on to model number three.  This time, the robotics are much more accurate.  The brain development is fully-formed.  But the limbs take a while to develop.  He doesn't see a problem with borrowing them from prototype number two.  The next time she wakes up, she takes great offense, which George tries to assuage by assuring her that he'll build her new ones.  But #2 already knows that her best parts are being used to build #3.

            Meanwhile, George is racing against the clock because his communication with his wife is limited.  There's only so much that can be done postmortem.  (It's complicated.) And the company he works for is losing patience with his lack of regular reporting, and his insistence on secrecy about his own projects.

            So in the midst of all the gadgetry and high-tech wizardry, there's a love story buried in there somewhere.   Actually, if you count the longing of the robot to replace a human, there's unrequited love thrown in there, as well.  Yes, it makes for strange juxtapositions.  But just when we think we know where all this is headed, we don't.

           

Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, DFW Film Critics Association