Watch This: Proof of Concept for Sci-Fi 'Rise' Starring Anton Yelchin

March 31, 2016
Source: Vimeo

Rise Proof of Concept Short

"You lost the war before it was even declared, Colonel." This is awesome. While this is a fantastic 5-minute sci-fi short film, it's also an impressive proof-of-concept created by filmmaker David Karlak called Rise made to get his project into development. David sent an email out informing me that he has been working on developing Rise at Warner Bros since 2012 and they just now allowed him to debut this short to the world. The story is about sentient robotic beings created that become more advanced than the human race and end up fighting against human beings. This has outstanding VFX and will definitely get your attention.

Synopsis for Rise from Vimeo: In the near future, sentient robots are targeted for elimination after they develop emotional symmetry to humans and a revolutionary war for their survival begins. Rise is a proof-of-concept short film created by David Karlak (on Twitter @DavidKarlak). The short stars actors Anton Yelchin and Rufus Sewell, though we're not sure if they will end up being in the feature version of this. The short film was made public this week despite Karlak working on developing it at WB since 2012. Seems similar to Blade Runner or even Chappie in a way. For more info, visit the official site or the Facebook page.

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While this theme has been tread and re-tread a million times, this actually looks like a better take on it than most....great looking piece

TheOct8pus on Mar 31, 2016


I'd be willing to plunk down some ca$h to see a full-length series. Or even a mini-series.

VAharleywitch on Mar 31, 2016


looks great! It feels more like an 80-100 years in the future type of movie. Why do you think they set it only 27 years in the future?

rblitz7 on Mar 31, 2016


I like it

Josh W on Mar 31, 2016


Amazing! Reminds me of the game Detroit by Quantic Dream, currently in development. Would love to see a movie/tv show with this quality

Ricardo_PT on Mar 31, 2016


Maybe if them robot speaks less like a political speech writer, and more like a human... we would of like them more.

mzungu on Mar 31, 2016


Looks very much like a live action version of how the machines came about in The Animatrix. A story that I found fascinating and generated a lot of sympathy for the plight of the machines at the hands of us arrogant humans. I would very much like to see this if it ever got made. Thanks for posting it.

Payne by name on Apr 1, 2016


Great to see you back in the saddle again AB. Hope your time abroad was refreshing! Also hope to see your review or thoughts on Batman v Superman...

Gohikeone on Apr 2, 2016


I could easily see this as an episode in the Animatrix. Has the same vibe, but from the machines perspective.

redtie on Apr 3, 2016


I wanted Robots vs. Aliens...

DAVIDPD on Apr 5, 2016

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