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BlinkyTM (2011)

A young boy living in the near future looks for an escape from a home with arguing parents. As a way to cope with the recent arguments from his parents he receives a robot companion that he ends up abusing.

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Ruairi Robinson

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Ruairi Robinson
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Cast overview:
Max Records ... Alex Neville
Jenni Fontana Jenni Fontana ... Mrs. Neville
James Nardini ... Mr. Neville
Joe Childs ... Blinky Performance capture
Ruairi Robinson ... Blinky (voice)
Caroline Rich ... Infomercial Mother
Corbin Timbrook ... Infomercial Father
Benny Shelton Benny Shelton ... Infomercial Boy
Melissa Lee Melissa Lee ... Infomercial Girl
Skoti Collins ... Police Officer #1 (as Gary 'Skoti' Collins)
Antal Kalik ... Police Officer #2 (as Antal Trescott Kalik)
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Storyline

Along with a rapid advancement in technology and robotics comes great innovation too. With this in mind, let us all welcome the revolutionary robot with a mind of its own: BlinkyTM, the state-of-the-art servant, helper and friend of a not-so-distant future. As a result, for this Christmas, young Alex will get his domestic robot in the hope of bringing his dysfunctional family together, however, when things don't go exactly as planned with one conflicting order after another, even BlinkyTM can start malfunctioning. Perhaps a warm reboot could help. Written by Nick Riganas

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Soon every home will have a robot helper. Don't worry, your kids are perfectly safe.

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Short | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Robot See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Alex Neville: [as Blinky starts to stutter] Stupid fucking robot!
[turns Blinky off]
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Quality special effects, good cinematography
26 November 2015 | by AstenCulloskiSee all my reviews

I couldn't help but crack up at the parts where Blinky was starting to go bad, I'd like to believe it's possible to depict a cute little robot going evil in a non-comical way, but maybe in this medium such a scenario just isn't possible and I should excuse the director. It was a very predictable short and nothing too clever, but the special effects were top-notch and the acting was above average. The idea behind BlinkyTM was unoriginal but the story seemed very fleshed out and set in reality compared to most other shorts of the horror genre, if you can even consider BlinkyTM "horror". That's the main problem I had with this short: the absolute lack of horror aspects in it. The film dragged on and that's saying a lot when talking about a 13 minute short; nothing really happened, 12 minutes were used to set the stage, and 1 minute was used for horror.

The short itself--regardless of the lack of horror--was still well done, albeit riddled with clichés (fighting parents, neglected kid, takes it out on the robot, etc.) which make the film rather uninteresting. It's definitely not a short you'll remember for years to come, it's very forgettable but the quality of special effects and execution of the short overall--even though lacking in the horror field--earns itself a generous 7/10 from me.


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