In today’s day and age, technology is all around us. With technological advancements coming at an exponential rate, the conversation surrounding tech has also advanced. Specifically, artificial intelligence (AI) is something that many people have opinions on.
In “The Creator,” audiences experience a deeply emotional and complex version of AI and its future. Taking place in 2070, this film depicts a dystopian world where Americans hunt down AI in order to prevent human extinction. All the while, AI seeks freedom from the human race, displaying seemingly real human emotions and blurring the line between human and machine.
Distributed by 20th Century Studios, “The Creator” was directed by Gareth Edwards, who also directed “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” In retrospect, there are several instances in this film that seem reminiscent of the Star Wars franchise.
The plot follows a man named Joshua, played by John David Washington, and his journey through the world with the super-weapon of AI technology… a little girl (played by Madeleine Yuna Voyles).
With excellent acting, writing and music, this film took me by surprise. I am not usually a lover of action or sci-fi, but I was very intrigued by this story. Throughout the film, the director and writers were cleverly able to incorporate humor, and I really enjoyed that aspect (especially the monkey business).
In addition to leaving no plot point unanswered, “The Creator” made me emotional by the sheer inner turmoil that I developed from different characters. I had no idea I could become so attached to a little robot girl named “Alfie” in a film.
On Rotten Tomatoes, “The Creator” scored a 67% Tomatometer score and a 75% audience score as of Sept. 30. The score could be much worse, but I think this film deserves higher scores. My verdict: four and a half stars out of five.
When planning this review, I wanted to speak to a true professional in the field of AI to better explain the film. When asked for its review of the film, ChatGPT offered:
“Thoughtful, visually stunning, and emotionally resonant, ‘The Creator’ invites audiences to ponder the implications of playing god in a world where technology and humanity converge.”