'M3GAN' and other horror movies about rogue AI
Open the pod hatch, M3GAN...
What could be scarier than artificial intelligence predicting a country's every move? One becomes sentient and rogue. Over the years, many shows and movies have been made to depict the end of humanity at the hands of AI. That's not the current reality, but it often seems reasonable.
Of course, a well-made movie can make people believe that anything is possible. Much of the work portraying sentient artificial intelligence simply reflects the fact that humans are too reliant on technology; while the age of technological advancement is better than ever, predicting AI will turn against humanity is an old story - on this list There are good descriptions in every movie on the website.
A new horror story about the resurrection of a killer doll, M3GAN, will premiere in theaters in January. It's a great way to start the new year, as horror movies seem to be experiencing a quality renaissance. M3GAN was co-written and produced by James Wan and stars modern scream diva Allison Williams.
M3GAN is an AI doll designed to be a little girl's companion and protector. However, her programming takes it literally, eliminating any Girls in dangerous ways. From the looks of it, it's going to be a James Wan classic - a compelling story with great visuals and plenty of jump scares.
'Ex Machina' (2014)
No one has expressed the discomfort of technological advancement better than Alex Garland. He did it with DEVS, but before that show, he did it with Ex Machina. Oscar Isaac, Domhall Gleeson, Sonoya Mizuno, and Alicia Vikander star in this tense, dark film that's almost certainly a modern cult classic.
Ex Machina is about a young programmer, Caleb, who is chosen to spend some time in the home of a reclusive scientist (Isaac), testing the humanoid Ava (Vikander). Caleb discusses various topics with Ava, learning more about her and her intentions. The secluded and beautiful home they spend time in sets the tone for the film - a futuristic space with state-of-the-art technology, buried deep in nature. Garland's idea of combining the two never ceases to amaze.
Maika Monroe slowly built a career as a scream diva, and Tau is just one of the films that confirmed her title. Tau tells the story of a scientist, played by Ed Skrein, who creates A futuristic smart home called Tau that can accept commands of any kind. Monroe plays Julia, who is kidnapped by scientists and forced to survive under domestic conditions.
While expecting Julia to help the scientist complete his experiment and perfect it, Tau has different ideas. For it, extermination is imminent, and disobedience to its orders results in instant (often violent) death. This thrilling sci-fi thriller with horror elements is packed with stress, excitement and action.
Aliens, a movie and sci-fi classic, is one of the original rogue AI horror stories - sorry for the spoilers though. However, most fans of the genre have probably seen the legendary Ridley Scott film and know what this story starring Sigourney Weaver is all about.
For those who haven't seen the movie - A group of astronauts on a commercial spacecraft are awakened by a signal from space. When they go to investigate, they come across what appears to be an alien life form. Not to spoil, but the evil robot is a major plot twist - one best left to newbies to discover. This movie is still the most Favourite, there's even a brilliantly portrayed (and rogue) AI in the latest sequel, Alien: Covenant.
'2001: A Space Odyssey' (1968)
Another early description of an evil AI comes from Stanley Kubrick. His 2001 A Space Odyssey was recently voted the best film of all time by several directors in an audiovisual poll. The choice isn't surprising -- Odyssey is a visual masterpiece, and its story is arguably ahead of its time.
Astronauts go to investigate an artifact in a ship powered by the supercomputer HAL 9000. HAL has a human personality and has a knack for survival like most people, if not better. Besides having a riveting and somewhat scary story, this film invites you to enjoy cinema at its purest. Symmetry, beauty and art come together to tell a fantastic story.
'I, Robot' (2004)
I, Robot is one of the most famous modern action films, depicting robots as potential rogues and developing consciousness. However, this story isn't all that new - it was written by novelist Isaac Asimov, one of the fathers of science fiction. The story of "I, Robot" comes from Asimov's collection of robot stories.
Played by Will Smith A technophobic detective investigating a murder; he suspects it was committed by a robot, even though it's impossible for everyone but him because robots in society are programmed not to do harm. What the entire film demonstrates is that robots definitely have a secret, including a developed consciousness.
'Blade Runner' (1982)
While the events of the original Blade Runner take place in 2019, protagonist Deckard (Harrison Ford) lives in a far more dystopian future than the one we know today. Interestingly, this is the second Ridley Scott feature on the list; Scott has helmed some of the most beloved and underrated feature films.
For those of you who haven't seen Blade Runner, the year is 2019, and Deckard is a "Blade Runner" - an officer tasked with eliminating rogue robots known as "clones". He must now find four rogue replicants rampaging through Los Angeles and committing all manner of crimes. The rogue AI is obvious and the reason for the plot, so no spoilers. Blade Runner is based on the Philip K. Dick story "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"
'Colossus: The Forbin Project' (1970)
It always seemed possible that a supercomputer would go bad; even in 1970, the trope was explored and fervently imagined. Colossus: Forbin The project is based on the novel by D.F. Jones, simply called "Colossus". The premise is simple -- the U.S. government thinks it can program the supercomputer Colossus to keep the country's nuclear code safe, so they do.
However, after a thorough scan, Colossus discovered the Guardian, a supercomputer similar to it, but run by the Soviet Union. It persists in contacting the Guardians, manipulating and plotting unimaginable plans against humanity. It's a smart and thought-provoking piece of sci-fi that every fan of the genre should see.
Upgrade may not exactly fall into the category of rogue AI, but it shows what AI can do. It's an underrated modern sci-fi classic; Logan Marshall-Green plays technophobic Grey, whose wife works for a prominent tech company. One day he asks her to help him return a self-driving car, but it breaks down and they get into an accident.
Gray's wife dies, leaving him a quadriplegic; under his mother's care, he gets the chance of a lifetime - access to an experimental high-tech chip implant that restores his bodily functions, etc. Gray is controlled by an artificial intelligence chip in his head The perfect combination of man and machine. The trope is based on revenge, but the story is original and very entertaining.
When a rogue AI is mentioned, the story that most often comes to mind is Westworld. While the HBO series is famous (and canceled after season 4), fans may not know that it's based on a feature film of the same name. Westworld is about an amusement park called Delos, with robots as characters set in the Wild West, Ancient Rome and the Middle Ages.
In Delos, one can visit and act out anything one can imagine and conceive, so it's a kind of amusement park for the rich. The film stars Uber Linner as a robot gunman and James Brolin as a human visitor the gunman chases. Despite its flaws, Westworld is a powerful sci-fi thriller with stunning visuals.