Below is an excellent selection of Feature length Movies with Machine Life and
Artificial Intelligence as their theme.
AI: Artificial Intelligence
AI by Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg is absolutely the best movie for the
understanding of the technical elements of Machine Life and Artificial Intelligence
as well as the philosophical implications humans must face with the creation of this
new form of life. Moving and emotional, this movie will change forever how you look
In the not-so-far future the polar ice caps have melted and the resulting raise of
the ocean waters has drowned all the coastal cities of the world. Withdrawn to the
interior of the continents, the human race keeps advancing, reaching to the point of
creating realistic robots (called mechas) to serve him. One of the mecha-producing
companies builds David, an artificial kid which is the first to have real feelings,
especially a never-ending love for his "mother", Monica. Monica is the woman who
adopted him as a substitute for her real son, who remains in cryo-stasis, stricken
by an incurable disease. David is living happily with Monica and her husband, but
when their real son returns home after a cure is discovered, his life changes
dramatically. A futuristic adaptation of the tale of Pinocchio, with David being
the "AI" boy who desperately wants to become "real".
In the year 2035 a techno-phobic cop investigates a crime that may have been
perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity. Set in a future
Earth (2035 A.D.) where robots are common assistants and workers for their human
owners, this is the story of "robotophobic" Chicago Police Detective Del Spooner's
(Smith) investigation into the murder of Dr. Alfred Lanning (James Cromwell), who
works at U.S. Robotics, in which a robot, Sonny (Tudyk), appears to be implicated,
even though that would mean the robot had violated the Three Laws of Robotics, which
is apparently impossible. It seems impossible because.. if robots can break those
laws, there's nothing to stop them from taking over the world, as humans have grown
to become completely dependent upon their robots. Or maybe... they already have ?
Aiding Spooner in his investigation is a psychologist, Dr. Susan Calvin (Moynahan),
who specializes in the psyches of robots.
For true Artificial Intelligence it's very hard to beat Johnny 5. The wonderful
character took five months to design and build and in the end there were 20 of them.
Co-Starring Ally Sheedy and Steve Guttenberg. Something wonderful has happened.
Number Five is alive ! Steve Guttenberg and Ally Sheedy co-star in this high tech
comedy adventure about Number Five, a robot who escapes into the real world after he
short circuits in an electrical storm and decides that he's human. Because he's
carrying destructive weapons, the Defense Department and his designer (Guttenberg)
are desperate to find him. But Number Five is being protected by a young woman
(Sheedy) who is teaching him a gentler way of life.
John Badham's family-oriented adventure comedy, though obviously hatched in the wake
of E.T. and Star Wars, manages to create its own identity through a sweet tone and
an affectionate sense of fun. Military robot Number 5, a well-armed killing machine,
is zapped by lightning during a test and emerges with a consciousness, curiosity, a
wacky sense of humor, and a new peace-loving philosophy. Ally Sheedy (who debuted in
Badham's hit WarGames) is the animal lover whose home is sanctuary for a zoo-full of
strays and who adopts the adolescent robot. Steve Guttenberg is the goofy but
reclusive robotics designer who goes off in search of his creation to save him from
the gun-happy army. The mix of gentle slapstick and innocent romance makes for a
harmless family comedy. It veers toward the terminally cute, what with 5's
hyperactive antics and E.T.-ish voice, and the mangled grammar of Guttenberg's East
Indian sidekick (Fisher Stevens) threatens to become offensive, but Badham's
breezy direction keeps the film on track. Sheedy and Guttenberg deliver spirited
and engaging performances, but most importantly the robot emerges as a real person.
Give credit to designer Syd Mead, an army of puppeteers and robotics operators, and
the cartoony voice of Tim Blaney: Number 5 is alive.
Short Circuit 2
The wonderful and at times upsetting sequel sees 'Number Johnny Five' (as Fisher
Stevens insists on calling him) on the streets of New York. The failure to produce
the mini Johnny 5's seen at the opening for Christmas 1988 was probably the biggest
lost marketing cause in decades. Some say he's nuts. Some say he's bolts. But can
Number Five make it in the big, bad city ? Keep your wires crossed. Robot Johnny
Five comes to the city and gets manipulated by criminals who want him for their own
purposes. When Number Five is sent from Newton and Stephanie's ranch to the big city
to help Ben with his electronics business, he finds that his robotic talents are
wanted by city low-life who want to turn Number Five into profits.
This film follows the 'life' and times of the lead character, an android
(Robin Williams) who is purchased as a household robot programmed to perform menial
tasks. Within a few days the Martin family realizes that they don't have an ordinary
droid as Andrew begins to experience emotions and creative thought. In a story that
spans two centuries, Andrew learns the intricacies of humanity while trying to stop
those who created him from destroying him.
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