Contemporary sci-fi loves to villainize robots. Whether they be Terminators or The Matrix, humans love to make our silicon and titanium friends into monsters… because it’s fun. This short film written, directed and edited by Ruairi Robinson called Blinky is such an example. The short stars Max Records, who you would know from Where The Wild Things Are, as a young boy in a household with arguing parents. To relieve the tension he asks for a robot for Christmas to be his friend and keep him company. But the boy starts questioning the robot and realizes that the robot’s attention isn’t a suitable replacement for a humans emotions…

… and then shit gets scary.

The video is a bit long winded but it’s absolutely worth your time. Be sure to watch it to the very, very end or you’re going to miss out. It’s a little predictable but really well done.


8 Comments Blinky

  1. Philip Kennedy March 31, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Ruairi was originally onboard to direct the American remake of Akira a while back… have you seen his Oscar winning short 50% Gray, it’s amazingly good:

  2. Brandon March 31, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Okay, I take back the word cool now that I’ve watched it—now it sounds creepy. Well done.

  3. Relena March 31, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    that was disturbing but the robot was so cute looking XD

  4. Beatrice March 31, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    its creepy…

  5. Petnoga April 1, 2011 at 7:58 AM

    I love this one.

  6. Stephen Howells April 2, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    I feel like Ruairi has a missed opportunity here. The film started out so well and Blinky really is so likable. It was artfully filmed and they are beginning to explore some deeper subjects in regards to human interaction in the technology age. They could have made Blinky not go psycho and turned this into a 90 minute feature. They could have had a film on par with Where The Wild Things Are. Instead, they decided to make a slasher short video. The thoughts of what coud have been are enough to sadden any indie loving filmgoer .

  7. scarfaceDeb April 3, 2011 at 3:37 AM

    amazing.. but really creepy.
    i like sci-fi design and atmosphere in it and i think, Stephen Howells is right – this short video could have been a great and maybe a little bit nostalgic film.

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