We’re about to be up to our waists, maybe higher, in artificially intelligent robot movies. Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie drops next week, Alex Garland’s directorial debut Ex Machina hits in April, and Marvel gets in on the act in May with Avengers: Age of Ultron wreaking havoc all over the globe. While those films are all getting relatively wide releases (Age of Ultron’s release is obviously going to be massive), Eva, a similarly themed film is flying in under the radar, but looks no less intriguing than the others. And a new trailer has surfaced for the film.
Daniel Bruhl (Inglorious Basterds, A Most Wanted Man, and he’ll also appear in Captain America: The Winter Soldier) plays a near-future engineer who, while working on an artificially intelligent robot child, reunites with his former lover, who is now shacking up with his estranged brother. From this trailer you get a good sense of the film’s mixture of hard science fiction and interpersonal, familial, relationship drama.
Here’s the official synopsis:
The year 2041. Humans live along with machines. Alex, a renowned cybernetic engineer, returns to Santa Irene to carry out a very specific mission for the Robotic Faculty: the creation of a child robot. During his ten-year absence, life has moved on for his brother David and Lana, who got her life back together after his departure. Alex’s routine is altered in an unexpected way by Eva, Lana and David’s amazing daughter. She is a very special, charismatic little girl. She and Alex have a special connection from the moment they meet. They set out on a journey together, which will bring them to a revelatory end.
If Eva sounds familiar, that’s because it’s been kicking around for a few years now. The movie first premiered out of competition at the Venice Film Festival all the way back in 2011. Everyone involved, including Bruhl and director Kiko Maillo, have been busy in the interim, but you have to wonder just what the hell has taken so long. Then again, the Weinstein Company is distributing the picture, so it could be any number of reasons, and we’ll probably never know for sure.
Whatever the reason for the delay, Eva gets a limited theatrical release starting March 13, and at least from what we see here, it certainly looks like an intriguing film.