Short films are always kind of hit or miss. They can either be proof-of-concept masterpieces that deliver perfectly sized nuggets of phenomenal, or they can be 10 minutes you'll never get back. But Archetype, directed by one of Rise of the Planet of the Apes' concept designers, is definitely a cut above.
Aaron Sims' resume is, frankly, ridiculous. He's worked for both Rick Baker and Stan Winston, and he's had a hand in doing either makeup or conceptual design on movies like Men in Black, War of the Worlds, Constantine, Terminator 3, Clash of the Titans, I Am Legend and Sucker Punch.
So it's no wonder that his first time out as a director looks so damned good. Here's the official Archetype plot synopsis:
RL7 is an eight-foot tall combat robot that goes on the run after malfunctioning with vivid memories of once being human. As its creators and the military close in, RL7 battles its way to uncovering the shocking truth behind its mysterious visions and past.
A little bit RoboCop, sure. But that's a cream I haven't had in my coffee in quite a while. And, yes, this reads less like a short film and more like a trailer to get investors stoked to pony up for a feature. I don't really care ... I need more berzerker war-bots in my future.