In the near future, Tom (Euan Bennet) a young Scottish tough has got an idea for a can’t miss robbery. All he needs is a lookout. Tom first approaches his father Lucas (John Gaffney) to help him, but the former felon will have nothing to do with his son’s plans. Reluctantly, Tom is forced to use a robot named Hugh (Calum Macaskill). However, the android follows Isaac Asimov’s three basic laws of robotics, so Tom doesn’t’ realize that he’s in trouble even before he begins.
“Electric Faces” is a clever and well-made 11 minute short film from Scottish writer and director Johnny Herbin. Oozing with real atmosphere, Herbin’s short exudes much of the same feel as some of the great British crime films from the 1950s and 1960s. He tells the familiar tale of a desperate man who’s trying to pull off one final crime before he calls it quits. The kicker here is that Herbin adds a sci-fi twist in the form of Hugh the robot. It’s a great touch and it adds tremendous color and texture to a well worn formula.
The film was made for around $840 (six hundred pounds), so Hugh the robot doesn’t look very impressive. However, this really doesn’t affect the film at all. “Electric Faces” is a nifty sci-fi take on the traditional crime thriller and it a satisfying and intelligent movie short.