Run Robot Run!

"Very Good"

Run Robot Run! Review


I'd considered the robot-human romance genre to be long since dead, with films like Electric Dreams and Making Mr. Right (starring John Malkovich!) guilty staples of the 1980s which look hopelessly silly today.

Daniel O'Connor's Run Robot Run! proved me wrong. Turns out you can make a robo-comedy today, if you know what you're doing.

We're introduced to the anal-retentive Kent (Chris Gibbs), who works a nondescript office job in a higher-tech near future. He's got the hots for Allison (Lara Kelly), but his world becomes a nightmare when he's demoted and a freakin' robot (Peter Mooney) is given his job. What follows is a broad comedy as Kent tries to get the robot Adam fired (primarily by trying to get him to crash through various mind games), followed by a journey of self-discovery when Kent realizes he really is the massive jerk that everyone thinks he is). Who's the real "robot," anyway?

Cute stuff, and surprisingly funny (you should see how big the "small fries" becomes in the future), and it's aided immeasurably by solid performances among the three leads. O'Connor has a good grasp behind the camera, and his script is plenty breezy. The only real failing is it doesn't push the envelope enough, leaving plenty of opportunities for comedy behind. (Office Space set the bar for showing how every facet of modern corporate culture is ripe for mockery, and O'Connor barely touches the surface of that here.) The title is also awful, sounding like it's about an android running for political office (or a marathon).

The film's now playing various film festivals and I'm hoping it gets a theatrical release before it winds up on DVD (and I'm sure it'll find a distributor for the home market).



Run Robot Run!

Facts and Figures

Run time: 82 mins

In Theaters: Saturday 21st October 2006

Distributed by: Pathfinder Home Entertainment

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Fresh: 5

IMDB: 6.5 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Daniel O'Connor

Producer: Daniel O'Connor

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