Watch: Aaron Sims' Incredible Sci-Fi Short 'Archetype' - The Next D9?

February 7, 2012
Source: YouTube

Aaron Sims' Archetype

"My name is Patrick." This is something you've got to see! I was tipped by reader Josh E. about a sci-fi short on YouTube that I had to watch called Archetype. I decided to check it out and, as he'd promised, it was incredible and already has big numbers on YouTube, but could go even farther and be made into a movie. Archetype was created by effects/animation veteran Aaron Sims, and it's about these huge combat robots in the future, and one that has some sort of a… malfunction. It has a rather brilliant narrative in addition to an incredible world, very impressive work, I thought it was awesome. You do not want to miss seeing this!

Here is up-and-coming filmmaker Aaron Sims' sci-fi short Archetype, in full high def from YouTube:

From the plot description: 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. Sounds like I, Robot meets District 9 meets Avatar, I really hope we see more. Archetype is directed by Aaron Sims (IMDb), starring Robert Joy (Land of the Dead, CSI:NY) and David Anders (Heros, 24). He says in the comments it "has been a labor of love on a budget of $0… and no funding." He also hints: "your continuing positive response will truly help in realizing a feature version of Archetype!" I hope that happens, this was way too short by the time it ended!

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It's just Rob Cop, it well done as far as graphics but it's just RobCop.

Benjy54 on Feb 7, 2012


if that's the case, screw RobobCop remake and BRING THIS OUT!!!!!!

Jericho on Feb 7, 2012


Bring this out for sure! Or don't. In any case, screw the RoboCop remake!!

grimjob on Feb 7, 2012


I would very much like to see this get a budget, very well done.

grimjob on Feb 7, 2012


Sign me up. Take my money now. I need to see a feature film on this.

Corey on Feb 7, 2012


The next D9? Hardly. No thanks.

Chris Batty on Feb 7, 2012


Agreed it does lend itself to a RoboCop re=boot but it looks well done. I think it could go a completely different direction than Robo-Cop. I enjoyed it a lot. 

ultramanj007 on Feb 7, 2012


The camera shake was added in post and it has a pattern to it. Made me dizzy after I noticed the loop.

Rytone777 on Feb 7, 2012


I saw this (and then posted to facebook) on one of the cheezeburger websites, several weeks ago. I thought it was brilliant, and worth the 7 minutes. If this gets adopted, adapted and made BIGGER by those nice chaps in Hollywoodland then I agree with Alex's sentiments. This could be the next D9!

Ultim8 on Feb 7, 2012


Why does this seem super cheesy to me? Oh, because it kind of is.

Marty on Feb 7, 2012


This reminds me of the story in Robopocalypse and RL7 could easily have been the same character as Archos.  Rather than this becoming its own feature film I'd rather have Spielberg enlist the help of Sims to craft Robopocalypse and possibly be his VFX supervisor.

peloquin on Feb 7, 2012


There was an actual VFX Supervisor - that's not what Aaron does.

John on Feb 7, 2012


I think it looks great, very impressive visuals and the story in this short works pretty well. Would be interesting to see how they'd develop the story into a feature.

Andreas Climent on Feb 7, 2012



Xerxexx on Feb 7, 2012


I enjoyed it and want to see more.

tir na nog on Feb 7, 2012


Um, yeah, it's just Robocop. Exactly.  And when you have a scene that you find out is "only" a hologram, or some other sort of VR, it yanks the drama right out of the story.  Honestly, how can you compare this to D9?  That movie was so original, and was unlike anything we'd seen in a movie.  This is just Robocop.  

Greedo on Feb 7, 2012


Wow, pretty see this continued outstanding work outside of the studio system is so inspiring. This is the kind of work that should be flourishing on kickstarter vs some of the crap that's getting financed now. Bravo Man!!

Adam on Feb 7, 2012


If you want to see more, go buy Command and Conquer and watch the cutscenes.

Enfanterrible on Feb 7, 2012


People say it is like Robocop because they are assuming the robots are built from actual humans? The story could be a lot of things way different than Robocop. 

Kaim on Feb 7, 2012


This was sick!!!! I hope we se more soon.

Blkstar325 on Feb 7, 2012


Found it a little empty - nothing really new or exciting to expand on here - a bit grasping .

Me on Feb 7, 2012


Sorto wasn't too terrible. It actually reminded me of the Bionic Systems website from 2001. Was all don in Flash and had a better aesthetic than that film graphically: Worth a look if your into that sort of thing. Doubt it.

Crapola on Feb 7, 2012


Hmm. I'm game for a feature length version. I liked the acting well enough, but the CG needs a bigger budget. Still, very impressive and I'm sure Hollywood's talent drought will cause the studio heads to perk up.

Anonymous on Feb 7, 2012


I keep throwing money at the screen, but it stops at 7mins??

David Banner on Feb 7, 2012


One big difference than Robocop. The video alludes to a whole army of these guys. If they all start waking up to their old identities, in the words of Doc Brown: "You're gonna see some serious shit."

Jasonmd2020 on Feb 7, 2012


Anyone else notice the guy playing Warbot 1 was Louis Leterrier in the credits? This movie was better than some things playing in the cinema right now.

Thexn on Feb 7, 2012


this was VERY enjoyable.  Bring it to life, PLEASE!

Michael McRorey on Feb 7, 2012



dloader on Feb 7, 2012


Number Five is aliiiiiiiiiiive!

Manuel on Feb 8, 2012


great acting great graphics interesting plot. i'd definately watch a full length version.

Vold on Feb 8, 2012


For 7 minutes I was sucked into this incredible world...

Steven on Feb 8, 2012


That was pretty amazing! I'd love to see the rest of this story!  I don't mind the obvious RoboCop parallels, it still felt fresh and different enough to draw me in.  BRAVO!

RobOh on Feb 8, 2012


holly hell this looks epic

Mrdanielgorski on Feb 8, 2012


Great Fx.  That's it.  Script and acting both bad.   Even the scene makes no sense.  If the guy is 'just s robot', and they're gonna erase their memories, why even have a converasation with it?   Bad storytelling.

Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012


Really? You didn't get any of the subtle hints? They were trying to "convince" the warbot that he was "just a machine". They actually realize that he's a co-worker who has been put into the machine and who's conscience has become aware again. Seemed obvious to me at least. And I actually found the acting pretty good.

Thexn on Feb 9, 2012


The dialogue in this was incredibly bad. Did nobody else notice this? Also the 'interrogation' at the start was lame as all hell

Prohass on Feb 9, 2012


You know, something was bothering me and I had to look at it again...the opening shot is of a giant when the camera zooms into the rebel village they're in a jungle...huh?

Greedo on Feb 9, 2012

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