Android 207 (Review)

Android 207 is an animated film by Paul Whittington. Very similar to another project he did.

Our main character Android 207 is, well, an android. Half of a robotic skeleton resembling the Terminator mounted on top of a three-wheeled platform, the little android moves its way through a labyrinth with all kinds of traps and surprises. One corridor called Memory has a wall with retracting spikes. Once 207 takes some time to learn the pattern of the spikes, it makes it through, unaware that it is being monitored by security cameras and a dangerous killer robot with spinning spikes (and a sound like an engine) that has been released into the maze. 207 thinks nothing of the sound and gets locked into a single room.

Now inside a dimly lit room, 207 scopes out a control panel with two levers: Exit and Shock. But the labels have been switched around making things more confusing for 207. It gets out, and into the path of the killer robot, who I started referring to as “Spiky”. After evading Spiky, 207 takes the opposite direction. This time, it comes across some movable spikes along with small square platforms in a corridor codenamed Tolerance. 207 doesn’t want to go anywhere near Spiky again, so it experiments in the corridor trying to find the right way across. There just so happens to be a musical control panel that moves the spikes and platforms. By trying to punch in the correct code in the control panel, 207 struggles to get it right. After dismantling the control panel  in a fit of rage, a path is instantly made for 207. Okay then.

Eventually 207 makes it to the exit where another Android stands hung from the ceiling, howling in pain. 207 thinks hard as now it’s torn between the decision save the other android or leave. To make matters even more complicating, Spiky just so happens to be right around the corner.

This was a fantastic little short film, amazing how so much could happen in only 10 minutes. The animation was flawless, and very creative. I kind of wish there was more of it though, just to see what other obstacles could’ve been in the labyrinth.

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