The movie presents a society of totally robotic beings along with the main plot being critical of exploitative capitalism, but somewhere along the way it just starts getting strange.
1.The protag who has innate mechanical skills is saddened to see his father working long hours as a dishwasher, so he builds a smaller robot slave to do the work for him. Now his father is being paid for his hard work, the small robot is essentially a slave who gains nothing from the labor, so right off the protag is a bigger monster than anyone.
2.The main plot involves the disappearance of a CEO under mysterious circumstances, and in his place his company is being run by the villain. The villain stops producing spare parts which the populace depends on, in their place he is selling upgrades which are prohibitively expensive and out of the reach of all but the wealthy. Unable to get parts robots will eventually break down in public spaces where they are quickly found and melted down for scrap by cleaning machines overseen by the villain’s mother. The creepyness of this is not exploited fully, what is a rich robot has a glitch out in public? Bye bye Richey the Robot! Why is the robot society OK with this arrangement?
3.The creepy incest vibes between the villain and his masculine “mother”, damn!
4.The protag’s big city friends are basically bums, they do absolutely nothing all day but sit on their metal behinds and try to run scams to make money. Pretty odd for a movie criticizing predatory capitalism to feature criminals and bums as the populace.
5.After the refusal to sell parts the protag realizes he can use his knack for all things mechanical to fix poor robots, he is thronged by poor robots desperate for his skills. BUT he refuses to charge anything seeing this as morally wrong, even though the missing “good” CEO made his fortune selling parts which the poor robots now demand free repairs!?
I can’t believe right wing media never made a huff over this movie as a health care or capitalism parable. The movie seems like a very clumsy attempt at a deeper message, it condemns predatory capitalism but also doesn’t think an in demand service that takes up the protags time should be paid. And it is wrong to be a wage slave, so you should create a tiny human slave to do your work for free!