Three Robots is a quirky short which ends just before it could perhaps go left and overstay its welcome.
|Director(s)||Victor Maldonado, Alfredo Torres|
|Written By||John Scalzi, Philip Gelatt|
|Good If You Like||Robots Trying To Understand People|
|Isn’t For You If You||Sometimes Corny Jokes|
|Xbot 4000||Gary Anthony Williams|
Three Robots Plot Summary
After humanity is wiped out, three robots, one which evolved from a baby monitor, another a game console, and a 3rd which assumingly evolved from modern computers, go on vacation. Vacation from doing what? Well, that’s not said. All we know is that they are curious about the world and want to explore. Leading them to head into the homes of former humans, a school gymnasium, and even check out nuclear warheads.
It Has Its funny Moments
Outside of Xbot 4000, it isn’t clear what anyone’s name is so let’s go by description – pretty much the female sounding robot kills. While the baby monitor evolution has its moments, as well as the Xbot, the female one is the one who consistently delivers and makes this short worth watching.
On The Fence
It Ends Just When It Needs To
But let me say, story wise you’ll be glad it ends when it does. Though, in general, there isn’t any real story here. You don’t learn what these robots do, why they travel together, and while we’re clued in on why humans went extinct, there is a slight need to question why we see some, who look like teenagers, hanging. Also, considering the internet seems to still exist, and they can access it on command, some of the jokes, when you think about it, don’t make sense for you know they could find context rather than come up with these out there beliefs on how things work.
Overall: Mixed (Divisive) | Available on Netflix
While comical, this is the epitome of a good short. It presents a cool premise, explores it a bit, and ends things before you have something to criticize. But without a big selling point, besides some funny moments, that is why this gets a mixed label.