“Neo: I know you’re out there. I can feel you now. I know that you’re afraid… you’re afraid of us. You’re afraid of change. I don’t know the future. I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin.
I’m going to hang up this phone, and then I’m going to show these people what you don’t want them to see. I’m going to show them a world without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you.”
In our technology-led world, slowly but surely, machines will perform almost any task for us. And if that will be not enough, they will grow and learn as we do, so it is not surprising that in some of us the question arises: Why not give them more zettabyte personal thoughts and human habits in the hope that it will help us navigate in our complex world.
In many parts of our world, artificial intelligence is being researched with multi-million dollar investments. The developments have reached such a level that we already have software that are able to learn.
Let’s now investigate the top six movies about this interesting topic:
Cult film among the cult films, “Matrix” forever revolutionized the cinema SF and the action movies! With an intelligent and well-constructed scenario, this post-apocalyptic science fiction film is about realism and an astounding inventiveness. A computer programmer Thomas A. Anderson is a hacker by night, under the pseudonym Neo.
One day, he is contacted by a guy named Morpheus who is certain that Neo is “the Chosen One!” This same “Chosen” is supposed to find the answer to the riddle “What is the Matrix.” He understood, as well as the viewer, more or less as a measure to the film. In reality, the Matrix is a kind of ultra-advanced artificial intelligence that enslaved mankind in a virtual world.
That makes you silent, doesn’t it? Well, that is the main effect produced by this film: surprise! The scenario is very complex, which also makes it more exciting and virtuosic. The staging is hyper-sophisticated and masterful. In 1999, the Wachowski brothers (and sisters now) forever revolutionized the genre “action” and “science fiction”.
5. 2001: A Space Odyssey
A primate band who could be our ancestors discovers a strange black stone monolith that frightens, fascinates and seems to change them: they walked on all four legs, here they are standing; they disputed the roots they could find herbivores, here they discover a piece of bone can become a tool to hunt and to eat meat or to impose by force from other bands.
At the beginning of the XXI century, Dr. Heywood Floyd departs for a confidential mission to the base Clavius. That is where the Americans discovered below the lunar surface, 12 meters deep, near the crater Tycho, a black stone monolith.
Everything indicates that it was buried there, 4 million years ago, intentionally. It is a proof of the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence. When the scientist goes to the monolith with a team, it suddenly emits a violently pitched sound.
4. Terminator 2
The story takes place in 2029 where John Connor just won the war against the machines. In a desperate attempt, machines had sent a Terminator to the past in 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, the mother of John Connor, to change the future and to reverse the situation but it was a failure.
After the failure of the terminator to eliminate Sarah Connor, the Skynet computer that controls the engine decides to send another terminator in the past, this time in 1995. It sends a terminator much more perfect, whose name is T-1000 (Robert Patrick) to kill – this time directly – John Connor (Edward Furlong), who is just a simple teenager those days.
Resistance decided to send in the past a Terminator model T-800 (Arnold Shwarzennegger) to protect John Connor instead of capturing him, which was his main quest in Terminator 1. A new chase begins to save the kid from the T-1000 machine, which is almost indestructible.
3. Blade Runner
In the last years of the 20th century, thousands of men and women had left to conquer the outer space, fleeing their megacities that became unhealthy on Earth. In the colonies, a new race of slaves is born: the replicants, androids that nobody can distinguish from humans. Los Angeles, 2019.
After having massacred the crew and took control of a vessel, the Nexus 6 type of replicants – the most advanced model – are now declared “outlaws”. Four of them, however, managed to escape and get into Los Angeles. An official of a special unit who is a blade-runner is responsible for eliminating them. According to the official terminology, we do not speak of execution, but withdrawal…
While in the early 80’s science fiction is experiencing a resurgence of interest thanks to the triumph of Star Wars (1977), screenwriter Hampton Fancher adapted very freely the book of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids dream of electric sheep, retaining only the general idea and inventing absolutely everything. He is assisted by David Peoples and Ridley Scott, quickly attached to the project.
Under the leadership of the filmmaker, Blade Runner (1982) becomes a huge project, blithely exceeding the budget initially. Inspired both by film noir and futuristic drawings of Moebius and Enki Bilal, Scott attempts to describe a credible future: world population concentrated in increasingly sprawling megalopolises, rampant pollution that destroyed animals and androids that replace humans for heavy work.
This is about “Supertoys last all summer long” a new release of science fiction author Brian Aldiss called. This short story (less than ten pages) only vaguely inspired Kubrick and Spielberg, who do only use in their script the general theme and the family environment that frames the first third of the film.
A. I. starts in effect by the arrival of David, the robot child created to love without restraint and without conditions its “parents” among its new owners whose only son is in a coma.
David was born and flourished in the perfect cocoon, suffused with a virginal white sparkling. In this idyllic setting cut off from the outside world (he almost never leaves the house of the Swanson during the first act), he experiences a pure and absolute love between him and his mother.
But this love becomes one-sided when the son of Swanson miraculously gets well so David can not compete with him anymore. The paradise that was the house turns into hell without significant change in the staging. These are the cracks in the behavior of Swanson vis-à-vis David that make this blinding white light and the slow camera movements unbearable, yet so reassuring before.
The film turns into an unbreathable camera where the pristine appearance of the home clashes with the latent violence of its occupants. David gradually becomes useless and annoying to them to the point of being abandoned as a pet on the road vacation. The only one to stay with him is Teddy, teddy bear.
Her is located in Los Angeles of the near future. The skyscrapers have grown like mushrooms, urban trips are made in a large techno-architectural vortex (subways, glazed corridors, design bridges, elevators…).
Very successful in his plastic vision of a megalopolis of the next decade, Her is not projecting an anxious future as in Metropolis or Blade Runner but a hardly exaggerated anticipation of our present. A consumerist and comfortable society, secretly plagued by interpersonal issues regarding melancholy and loneliness.
The job of Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) is precise: to fight against these evils of modern alienation. He wrote love letters to multiple customers in a company that markets the feelings and writing, become rare commodities.
Himself in full separation and vaguely depressed, Twombly buys a new company software: a female voice with which he converses on the phone at any time, as with a close friend. A love story is born quickly between him and “her”…
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