Attack of the Robots

Is it just me, or have there been a lot of robot-themed movies lately?  I suppose it’s not really that surprising, as science fiction is one of the best barometers of cultural zeitgeists.

From Honda’s bipedal android to Google’s self-driving cars, robots are on our collective minds.  Here’s a brief list of films featuring robots, some of which I’ve seen 1.

Summary

EVA (October 6, 2011)

Release Date: October 6, 2011
Starring: Daniel Brühl, Marta Etura, Alberto Ammann, Claudia Vega
Genres: Science Fiction, Drama
Runtime: 94 min
Original Title: EVA
Original Film Language: Español
Production Companies: Wild Bunch, Canal+ España, Escándalo Films, Ran Entertainment, Saga-Productions, Canal+, Televisión Española, Televisió de Catalunya
In 2041, humans live side-by-side with robots and androids. A well-known cybernetic engineer, Alex Garel, returns to his hometown to create a new model of robot child.

Cast EVA

  • Daniel Brühl
  • Role: Alex
  • Marta Etura
  • Role: Lana
  • Alberto Ammann
  • Role: David
  • Claudia Vega
  • Role: Eva
  • Anne Canovas
  • Role: Julia
  • Lluís Homar
  • Role: Max
  • Ona Casamiquela
  • Role: Dorotea
  • Peter Vives
  • Role: Eric
  • Sara Rosa Losilla
  • Role: Prototype 519
  • Jordi Díaz
  • Role: Doctor
  • Bernat Saumell
  • Role: Lab Student #1
  • Juan Campavadal
  • Role: Lab Student #2
  • Harris Gordon
  • Role: Policeman
  • Manel Dueso
  • Role: Professor
  • Oscar Valsecchi
  • Role: Waiter

Trailer EVA

“Eva” is a Spanish film.  It’s robot CGI is subtle and plot-driven, not overbearing.  The story itself is a bit creepy: a brilliant software engineer is designing a child robot with an “emotional IQ” level higher than any other.  His research subject is his niece, but the relationship is cringe worthy.  As a parent, I would have punched the guy long before the third act.

Despite this social awkwardness, the film has a nice finale.  There are some surprises that are worth the journey, and I have been loving the creative output from the Spanish-speaking world in the last decade.  The story is a bit simple; the robots are somewhat incidental and not exactly critical to the story. But this serves the genre pretty well, since all good sci-fi is a reflection of people, rather than technology anyway.


Summary

Automata (October 9, 2014)

Release Date: October 9, 2014
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Dylan McDermott, Robert Forster
Genres: Thriller, Science Fiction
Runtime: 110 min
Original Title: Autómata
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Green Moon Productions, Nu Boyana Viburno
Jacq Vaucan, an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation, routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.

Cast Automata

  • Antonio Banderas
  • Role: Jacq Vaucan
  • Birgitte Hjort Sørensen
  • Role: Rachel Vaucan
  • Dylan McDermott
  • Role: Wallace
  • Robert Forster
  • Role: Robert Bold
  • Tim McInnerny
  • Role: Vernon Conway
  • Andy Nyman
  • Role: Ellis
  • David Ryall
  • Role: Dominic Hawk
  • Geraldine Somerville
  • Role: Samantha
  • Andrew Tiernan
  • Role: Manager
  • Christa Campbell
  • Role: ROC Technician
  • Christina Tam
  • Role: Morgue Technician
  • Danny Kirrane
  • Role: Muniesa Technician
  • Philip Rosch
  • Role: Client
  • Albena Stavreva
  • Role: Client's Wife
  • Melanie Griffith
  • Role: Dra. Dupre / Cleo (voice)
  • Javier Bardem
  • Role: Blue Robot (voice)
  • Harry Anichkin
  • Role: Clift
  • Lyubomir Neikov
  • Role: Poot
  • Stanislav Pishtalov
  • Role: Lance
  • Bashar Rahal
  • Role: Doctor
  • Dan Cade
  • Role: White Collar Worker

Trailer Automata

Speaking of Spanish robot movies… “Automata” was excellent.  This story took place in a much more dystopian future.  The esthetic was highly influenced by “Blade Runner,” while the rules of the plot borrowed much from Asimov’s robot series, right down to the laws that robots must obey.

And I loved it.  It was a fully realized world, very rough and bleak, arid and desperate.  The robots weren’t humanoid at all, but rather metal and stilted, all tubes and oil.  And yet, amazingly, they aroused sympathy in me, their journey to reaching autonomy felt real and painful.

Antonio Banderas completely shined in the lead with pathos.  But I have to wonder if his contract were contingent upon Melanie Griffith getting a part.  She was wooden and miscast as a robot creator.

The effects were fantastic, and felt very practical and weighted.


Summary

Ex Machina (January 21, 2015)

Release Date: January 21, 2015
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno
Genres: Drama, Science Fiction
Runtime: 108 min
Original Title: Ex Machina
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: DNA Films, Universal Pictures International (UPI), Film4 Productions
Caleb, a 26 year old coder at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world's first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl.

Cast Ex Machina

  • Domhnall Gleeson
  • Role: Caleb Smith
  • Alicia Vikander
  • Role: Ava
  • Oscar Isaac
  • Role: Nathan Bateman
  • Sonoya Mizuno
  • Role: Kyoko
  • Corey Johnson
  • Role: Jay
  • Claire Selby
  • Role: Lily
  • Symara A. Templeman
  • Role: Jasmine
  • Gana Bayarsaikhan
  • Role: Jade
  • Tiffany Pisani
  • Role: Katya
  • Elina Alminas
  • Role: Amber
  • Chelsea Li
  • Role: Office Girl (uncredited)

Trailer Ex Machina

Sadly, I haven’t yet seen “Ex Machina” 2, which is really pathetic, since this might be the highest rated film in this collection.  From the writer of “28 Days Later”, and “Sunshine”, nothing but brilliance awaits us in this thinking-person’s robot tale.  The trailer is super odd, and slightly unsettling.  Its tone sort of reminds me of the robot overlords from Ronald D. Moore’s opus “Battlestar Galactica”.  I absolutely can’t wait to see this one.


Summary

Chappie (March 4, 2015)

Release Date: March 4, 2015
Starring: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Ninja, Yolandi Visser
Genres: Crime, Action, Science Fiction
Runtime: 120 min
Original Title: Chappie
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Columbia Pictures, Media Rights Capital, LStar Capital, Simon Kinberg Productions, Genre Films, Alpha Core, Ollin Studio, Sony Pictures
Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings—some good, some bad—and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there's one thing that makes Chappie different from any one else: he is a robot.

Cast Chappie

  • Sharlto Copley
  • Role: Chappie
  • Dev Patel
  • Role: Deon Wilson
  • Ninja
  • Role: Ninja
  • Yolandi Visser
  • Role: Yo-Landi
  • Jose Pablo Cantillo
  • Role: Yankie (Amerika)
  • Hugh Jackman
  • Role: Vincent Moore
  • Sigourney Weaver
  • Role: Michelle Bradley
  • Brandon Auret
  • Role: Hippo
  • Johnny Selema
  • Role: Pitbull
  • Anderson Cooper
  • Role: Anderson Cooper
  • Maurice Carpede
  • Role: Police Chief
  • Jason Cope
  • Role: Tetravaal Lead Mechanic
  • Kevin Otto
  • Role: CNN Reporter
  • Chris Shields
  • Role: Journalist
  • Bill Marchant
  • Role: Professor
  • Robert Hobbs
  • Role: The Procurement Officer
  • Eugene Khumbanyiwa
  • Role: King
  • Mark K. Xulu
  • Role: Gang Member
  • Sherldon Marema
  • Role: Gang Member
  • Shaheed Hajee
  • Role: Gang Member
  • James Hendricks
  • Role: Gang Member
  • Julian Brits
  • Role: Gang Member
  • David Davadoss
  • Role: Mercedes Benz Driver
  • Anneli Muller
  • Role: BMW Driver
  • Kendal Watt
  • Role: Nissan Driver
  • Chan Marti
  • Role: Field Reporter
  • Vuyelwa Booi
  • Role: Field Reporter
  • Mike Blomkamp
  • Role: Police Officer
  • Anthony Bishop
  • Role: Police Officer
  • Paul Dobson
  • Role: Police Robot (voice)
  • Max Poolman
  • Role: Hippo's Thug
  • Alistair Prodgers
  • Role: Tetravaal Mechanic
  • Wandile Molebatsi
  • Role: Armored Truck Guard
  • Arran Henn
  • Role: VSN News Desk Reporter
  • Thami Ngubeni
  • Role: VSN News Desk Reporter
  • James Bitonti
  • Role: Gun Store Owner
  • Andea Volschenk
  • Role: Tetravaal Office Assistant
  • Hein De Vries
  • Role: Special Forces Soldier
  • Dan Hirst
  • Role: Merc
  • Paul Hampshire
  • Role: Merc
  • Graeme Duffy
  • Role: Tech (uncredited)
  • Miranda Frigon
  • Role: Psychologist (uncredited)
  • Edwin Gagiano
  • Role: Office Worker (uncredited)
  • Janus Prinsloo
  • Role: Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Sean O. Roberts
  • Role: Hacker (uncredited)

Trailer Chappie

Sadly, I can’t say the same for “Chappie”.  I was all set to love Neill Blomkamp’s third sci-fi try.  I can’t think of any director/writers that have had so much debut potential, besides maybe Shyamalan.  Neill’s first film, “District 9”, was a minor miracle, a perfect blend of dystopian human/alien issues.  His second film, “Elysium”, should have been great.  It had Ringworld space stations and exoskeleton battle scenes, for crying out loud!  But it lacked heart.

From the sound of things, his third chapter, “Chappie”, is a further decline.  That’s why I’ve decided to wait for it on Netflix.  It’s a shame, because the trailers sure paint a great looking robot.


Summary

The Machine (April 25, 2013)

Release Date: April 25, 2013
Starring: Caity Lotz, Toby Stephens, Denis Lawson, Lee Nicholas Harris
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller
Runtime: 92 min
Original Title: The Machine
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Red & Black Films
Already deep into a second Cold War, Britain’s Ministry of Defense seeks a game-changing weapon. Programmer Vincent McCarthy unwittingly provides an answer in The Machine, a super-strong human cyborg. When a programming bug causes the prototype to decimate his lab, McCarthy takes his obsessive efforts underground, far away from inquisitive eyes.

Cast The Machine

  • Caity Lotz
  • Role: Ava
  • Toby Stephens
  • Role: Vincent
  • Denis Lawson
  • Role: Thomson
  • Lee Nicholas Harris
  • Role: implantátový vojak Harris
  • Sam Hazeldine
  • Role: James
  • Sule Rimi
  • Role: Dr. Giwa-Amu
  • Stuart Matthews
  • Role: vedec/ vojak
  • Pooneh Hajimohammadi
  • Role: Suri
  • Jonathan Byrne
  • Role: Tim
  • Jade Croot
  • Role: Mary
  • Helen Griffin
  • Role: pani Dawsonová
  • Siwan Morris
  • Role: Lucy
  • John-Paul Macleod
  • Role: Paul Dawson (ako John Paul Macleod)
  • Nicola Reynolds
  • Role: Joan
  • Alan Low
  • Role: Assassin
  • Joshua Higgott
  • Role: asistent (Dr. James)
  • Giles Thomas
  • Role: Dr. Henning
  • Cornelius Garrett
  • Role: Doctor GP
  • Sam Ellis
  • Role: chirurg
  • Richard Shackley
  • Role: stráž na stanovisku
  • Daniel Llewelyn-Williams
  • Role: veliteľ družstva
  • Dafydd Emyr
  • Role: ozbrojený vojenský policajt
  • Ben McGregor
  • Role: implantátový vojak Soldier Ben
  • Clark Fisher
  • Role: implantátový vojak Soldier Clark
  • Gareth Jones
  • Role: implantátový vojak Soldier Ryan
  • Paul James
  • Role: doktor (na obrazovke počítača)

Trailer The Machine

“The Machine” is absolutely a B-movie, but it really succeeds.  It’s about British scientists creating the perfect female android killing machine.  You know where this is going.  Once the title’s robot become sentient, she wreaks havoc on her creators.  Not much more to it than that, but what more do you need?


Summary

Robot & Frank (August 16, 2012)

Release Date: August 16, 2012
Starring: Frank Langella, Liv Tyler, James Marsden, Susan Sarandon
Genres: Science Fiction, Comedy, Drama, Crime
Runtime: 85 min
Original Title: Robot & Frank
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Park Pictures Features, TBB, Dog Run Pictures, White Hat Entertainment, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Stage 6 Films
A delightful dramatic comedy, a buddy picture, and, for good measure, a heist film. Curmudgeonly old Frank lives by himself. His routine involves daily visits to his local library, where he has a twinkle in his eye for the librarian. His grown children are concerned about their father’s well-being and buy him a caretaker robot. Initially resistant to the idea, Frank soon appreciates the benefits of robotic support – like nutritious meals and a clean house – and eventually begins to treat his robot like a true companion. With his robot’s assistance, Frank’s passion for his old, unlawful profession is reignited, for better or worse.

Cast Robot & Frank

  • Frank Langella
  • Role: Frank
  • Liv Tyler
  • Role: Madison
  • James Marsden
  • Role: Hunter
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Role: Jennifer
  • Peter Sarsgaard
  • Role: Robot (voice)
  • Jeremy Strong
  • Role: Jake
  • Jeremy Sisto
  • Role: Sheriff Rowlings
  • Bonnie Bentley
  • Role: Ava
  • Dario Barosso
  • Role: Flattop
  • Rachael Ma
  • Role: Robot
  • Joshua Ormond
  • Role: Freckles
  • Katherine Waterston
  • Role: Shopgirl
  • Jesse Newman
  • Role: Reception Guest
  • Ana Gasteyer
  • Role: Shoplady
  • Dana Morgan
  • Role: Additional Robot

Trailer Robot & Frank

This is a cute little robot dramedy, featuring a helper droid in the Honda vein.  It’s fun and light, mostly a human interest story about an aging man trying to relive his past one more time.


Summary

A.I. Artificial Intelligence (June 29, 2001)

Release Date: June 29, 2001
Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Frances O'Connor, Sam Robards, Jake Thomas
Genres: Drama, Science Fiction, Adventure
Runtime: 146 min
Original Title: A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Amblin Entertainment, Stanley Kubrick Productions, DreamWorks Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures
David, a robotic boy—the first of his kind programmed to love—is adopted as a test case by a Cybertronics employee and his wife. Though he gradually becomes their child, a series of unexpected circumstances make this life impossible for David. Without final acceptance by humans or machines, David embarks on a journey to discover where he truly belongs, uncovering a world in which the line between robot and machine is both vast and profoundly thin.

Cast A.I. Artificial Intelligence

  • Haley Joel Osment
  • Role: David
  • Frances O'Connor
  • Role: Monica Swinton
  • Sam Robards
  • Role: Henry Swinton
  • Jake Thomas
  • Role: Martin Swinton
  • Jude Law
  • Role: Gigolo Joe
  • William Hurt
  • Role: Prof. Hobby
  • Robin Williams
  • Role: Dr. Know (voice)
  • Ben Kingsley
  • Role: Specialist (voice)
  • Meryl Streep
  • Role: Blue Mecha (voice)
  • Chris Rock
  • Role: Comedian (voice)
  • Ken Leung
  • Role: Syatyoo-Sama
  • Clark Gregg
  • Role: Supernerd
  • Kevin Sussman
  • Role: Supernerd
  • Tom Gallop
  • Role: Supernerd
  • Eugene Osment
  • Role: Supernerd
  • April Grace
  • Role: Female Colleague
  • Matt Winston
  • Role: Executive
  • Sabrina Grdevich
  • Role: Sheila
  • Theo Greenly
  • Role: Todd
  • Michael Mantell
  • Role: Dr. Frazier at Cryogenic Institute
  • Keith Campbell
  • Role: Roadworker
  • Brian Turk
  • Role: Backstage Bull
  • Brendan Gleeson
  • Role: Lord Johnson-Johnson
  • Christopher Dye
  • Role: Flesh Fair Participant
  • Jack Angel
  • Role: Teddy (voice)
  • Tim Rigby
  • Role: Yeoman
  • Enrico Colantoni
  • Role: The Murderer
  • Adrian Grenier
  • Role: Teen in Van
  • Matt Malloy
  • Role: Robot Repairman
  • Brent Sexton
  • Role: Russell
  • Erik Bauersfeld
  • Role: Gardener (Voice)
  • Michael Fishman
  • Role: Teen in Van
  • Diane Fletcher
  • Role: Sentient Machine Security
  • Al Jourgensen
  • Role: Flesh Fair Band Member
  • Paul Barker
  • Role: Flesh Fair Band Member
  • Vito Carenzo
  • Role: Big Man
  • Adam Grossman
  • Role: Flesh Fair Band Member
  • Rena Owen
  • Role: Ticket Taker
  • Adam Alexi-Malle
  • Role: Crowd Member
  • Laurence Mason
  • Role: Tech Director
  • Ashley Scott
  • Role: Gigolo Jane
  • Ty Coon
  • Role: Flesh Fair Band Member
  • Duane Buford
  • Role: Flesh Fair Band Member
  • Max Brody
  • Role: Flesh Fair Band Member
  • Red King
  • Role: Covert Information Retrieval
  • Claude Gilbert
  • Role: Cybertronics - Room 93056
  • Kate Nei
  • Role: Toe Bell Ringing
  • Laia Salla
  • Role: Mr. Chan's Assistant
  • Jeanine Salla
  • Role: Sentient Machine Therapist
  • Mark Allan Staubach
  • Role: Teen in Van
  • Miguel Pérez
  • Role: Robot Repairman
  • Billy Scudder
  • Role: Mechanic
  • Bobby Harwell
  • Role: TV Face
  • Wayne Wilderson
  • Role: Comedian
  • R. David Smith
  • Role: Welder
  • Eliza Coleman
  • Role: General Circuita
  • Jim Jansen
  • Role: Chef
  • Tim Rhoze
  • Role: Laboratory Technician
  • Clara Bellar
  • Role: FemMecha Nanny
  • Kelly McCool
  • Role: Kate the Holographic Girl
  • Michael Shamus Wiles
  • Role: Cop
  • Jason Sutter
  • Role: Percussionist
  • Ken Palmer
  • Role: Percussionist
  • Alan Scott
  • Role: Worker
  • Lily Knight
  • Role: Voice in the Crowd (voice)
  • Justina Machado
  • Role: Assistant
  • Daveigh Chase
  • Role: Child Singer (scenes deleted)
  • Kathryn Morris
  • Role: Teenage Honey
  • Hunter King
  • Role: Amanda
  • Michael Berresse
  • Role: Stage Manager
  • Paula Malcomson
  • Role: Patricia in Mirrored Room
  • John Prosky
  • Role: Mr. Williamson, the Bellman
  • Curt Youngberg
  • Role: Kid
  • Andy Morrow
  • Role: Kid
  • Dillon McEwin
  • Role: Kid
  • Jeremy James Kissner
  • Role: Kid

Trailer A.I. Artificial Intelligence

You’ll notice a common theme in a lot of the films listed so far, besides obviously centering on robots.  Artificial intelligence may be a typical trope, but it’s also powerful, topical fodder.   Most futurists believe firmly that our technology will merge with our biology very soon, an event known as the “Singularity” 3.

And if (or when?) that happens, we could be looking at a new evolution of humankind, a leap independent of our current physiological limitations.  Sounds like sci-fi, doesn’t it?  It’s the sort of story that the marvelous film “A.I.” was built on.  The Spielberg completion of the Kubrick draft of yesteryear, it’s hard to believe this meditative, if misunderstood, masterpiece is already over 15 years old.  I found it nothing short of revelatory in how it depicted the very core of human emotion through non-human characters.


Summary

Avengers: Age of Ultron (April 22, 2015)

Release Date: April 22, 2015
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo
Genres: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Runtime: 141 min
Original Title: Avengers: Age of Ultron
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Marvel Studios
When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Cast Avengers: Age of Ultron

  • Robert Downey Jr.
  • Role: Tony Stark / Iron Man
  • Chris Evans
  • Role: Steve Rogers / Captain America
  • Chris Hemsworth
  • Role: Thor Odinson
  • Mark Ruffalo
  • Role: Bruce Banner / The Hulk
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Role: Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
  • Jeremy Renner
  • Role: Clint Barton / Hawkeye
  • James Spader
  • Role: Ultron (voice)
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Role: Nick Fury
  • Don Cheadle
  • Role: James "Rhodey" Rhodes / War Machine
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson
  • Role: Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver
  • Elizabeth Olsen
  • Role: Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
  • Paul Bettany
  • Role: J.A.R.V.I.S. (voice) / Vision
  • Cobie Smulders
  • Role: Maria Hill
  • Anthony Mackie
  • Role: Sam Wilson / Falcon
  • Hayley Atwell
  • Role: Peggy Carter
  • Idris Elba
  • Role: Heimdall
  • Linda Cardellini
  • Role: Laura Barton
  • Stellan Skarsgård
  • Role: Erik Selvig
  • Claudia Kim
  • Role: Dr. Helen Cho
  • Thomas Kretschmann
  • Role: Baron Wolfgang von Strucker
  • Andy Serkis
  • Role: Ulysses Klaue / Klaw
  • Julie Delpy
  • Role: Madame B
  • Stan Lee
  • Role: Himself
  • Henry Goodman
  • Role: Dr. List
  • Chris Luca
  • Role: Fortress Soldier
  • Brian Schaeffer
  • Role: Strucker Mercenary
  • Dominique Provost-Chalkley
  • Role: Zrinka
  • Isaac Andrews
  • Role: Costel
  • Gareth Kieran Jones
  • Role: Sokovian Acid Student
  • Chan Woo Lim
  • Role: Dr. Cho's Assistant
  • Minhee Yeo
  • Role: Dr. Cho's Assistant
  • Bentley Kalu
  • Role: Klaue's Mercenary
  • Julian Bleach
  • Role: Ballet Instructor
  • Christopher Beasley
  • Role: Johannesburg Cop
  • Vuyo Dabula
  • Role: Johannesburg Cop
  • Nondumiso Tembe
  • Role: Johannesburg Driver
  • Kabelo Thai
  • Role: Johannesburg Onlooker
  • Lele Leowaba
  • Role: Johannesburg Onlooker
  • Mandla Gaduka
  • Role: Johannesburg Onlooker
  • Harriet Manamela
  • Role: Johannesburg Onlooker
  • Beulah Hashe
  • Role: Johannesburg Onlooker
  • Musca Kumalo
  • Role: Johannesburg Onlooker
  • Mathapelo September
  • Role: Johannesburg Onlooker
  • Antony Acheampong
  • Role: Johannesburg Elevator Passenger
  • Chioma Anyanwu
  • Role: Johannesburg Elevator Passenger
  • Ben Sakamoto
  • Role: Cooper Barton
  • Imogen Poynton
  • Role: Lila Barton
  • Isabella Poynton
  • Role: Lila Barton
  • Ingvild Deila
  • Role: World Hub Tech
  • Sunny Yeo
  • Role: Korean Train Passenger
  • Namju Go
  • Role: Korean Train Passenger
  • Mina Kweon
  • Role: Korean Train Passenger
  • Earl T. Kim
  • Role: Korean Train Passenger
  • Arthur Lee
  • Role: Korean Train Passenger
  • Verity Hewlett
  • Role: Sokovian Family
  • Michael Matovski
  • Role: Sokovian Family
  • Alma Noce
  • Role: Sokovian Family
  • Riccardo Richetta
  • Role: Sokovian Family
  • Constanza Ruff
  • Role: Sokovian Woman
  • Monty Mclaren-Clark
  • Role: Tub Family Child
  • Julia Krynke
  • Role: Sokovian Driver
  • Tony Christensen
  • Role: Sokovian SUV Driver
  • Ian Kay
  • Role: Sokovian SUV Passenger
  • Barry Aird
  • Role: Sokovian Police Captain
  • Aaron Himelstein
  • Role: Specialist Cameron Klein
  • Kerry Condon
  • Role: F.R.I.D.A.Y. (voice)
  • Jaiden Stafford
  • Role: Nathaniel Pietro Barton
  • Dilyana Bouklieva
  • Role: Sokovian Citizen (uncredited)
  • Joti Nagra
  • Role: Student (uncredited)
  • Nick W. Nicholson
  • Role: Dr. Taryl Jenkins (uncredited)
  • Daniel Westwood
  • Role: Asgardian God (uncredited)
  • Josh Brolin
  • Role: Thanos (uncredited)

Trailer Avengers: Age of Ultron

The dark side of artificial intelligence is usually where most sci-fi films take us.  Case in point is “Avengers: Age of Ultron”.  In the aforementioned article, there is the possibility of AI destroying all of humanity; a force far more powerful than any atom bomb.  This side of the theoretical coin takes us to the dystopian end of the genre.

It’s one that plays out in the “Avengers” sequel to great effect.  Though silly (as all superheroes are), it’s great popcorn fun.

Footnotes

  1. Here is another, more exhaustive, list of robot-themed movies.
  2. Latin for “in the machine”
  3. The website WaitButWhy is my new favorite.  You should be reading it instead of my blog right now.

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