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Dr. Easy (2013)

Dr. Easy, a medical robot, is activated when a confused man becomes a threat to his bystanders and himself.
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Credited cast:
Tom Hollander ... Michael
Geraldine James ... Dr. Easy (voice)
Alex Macqueen ... Superintendent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Waj Ali ... Swat Team
Steve Campbell Steve Campbell ... Police Officer
Al Gregg ... Police Officer
Julian Klinger ... Tactical Officer
Chris Rochester Chris Rochester ... Driver / Paramedic
Paris Stangl ... Swat Team
Rodney Tosh Rodney Tosh ... Swat Team
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Dr. Easy shows us a futuristic world where robots are trained to deal with emergency situations. When a confused man becomes a threat to his bystanders and himself, the medical robot Dr. Easy is activated to withhold him from his act. For this task Dr. Easy must not only predict and interpret human behavior, but also show human empathy. The movie is based on the first chapter Matthew de Abaitua's novel 'The Red Men'. Written by Tim Eenennaam

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 2013 (UK) See more »

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Film4, Warp Films See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Engaging and well made but leaves the viewer a bit unsatisfied at the brevity and incompleteness of it all
30 March 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

This short film drops us into the middle of siege on a flat where a man is holed up with a shotgun. He has been injured and the police send in a Dr Easy robot to serve as medic and also as negotiator.

I read after watching the film that this was based on the opening section of a much bigger book and I suppose knowing this at least provide context for the short, because it does very much feel like we are getting a tiny part of something bigger. We get no context here for the robot or the situation with Michael. The majority of the film is initial interactions between Easy and Michael and then the situation escalates to a conclusion of that specific scene, although without context it is hard to feel satisfied with the conclusion as it is. I have seen shorts with this same problem – a bigger story to tell and the short is a step towards being able to get the resources to tell it, but the better ones can still satisfy as a standalone short and leave you wanting more because of how good it was – not, in this case, wanting more because so little was delivered in a satisfying way.

It is a shame because there are a lot of resources here already. The effects work very well and Easy never looks fake or like an effect. On top of this the cast features very familiar faces in the shape of Hollander and Macqueen, with balanced voice work from James. It feels very big and professional and it does work as you watch it, but the end result doesn't pay off. There is a bigger story here for sure, but it is a shame that this short film couldn't show us that while also delivering a self-contained and satisfying one at the same time.


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