Captivating movie !
A story that's too fascinating to pass by...
The best films of this genre always show a path and provide a takeaway for being a better person.
Mathilde the Guild
Although I seem to have had higher expectations than I thought, the movie is super entertaining.
I feel emotional about the love between Will and Evelyn.
35+ years writing software code ... starting w/ Cobol and ending w/ C#. Watched
Neural Networks and "AI" all through my career. "Colossus: The Forbin Project", "The Matrix", etc, have tried to get people to think about what's coming. Until now the tools weren't up to the task that Jonny Depp's character and his Wife envisioned. The next step to human evolution is thru AI period. Face it, I was coding with a 1953 OS that had a pitiful upgrade process. All human coders are faced with the same limitation. However, now with the internet and all the computer scientist, bio-engineers, and human genome decoders out there publishing their results it's only a matter of time before someone releases some type of viable AI into the wild. THIS IS WHAT THIS MOVIE IS ABOUT !!!!! Wake up, we need to start thinking & talking hard about how we want this AI to behave, This movie was couched in the EVIL AI GENRA, I suspect that AI had to be the bad guy before it could make it to the big screen as a third rate movie at best. Sheeple don't like change, it scares them and according to this movie they would rather destroy all the wonderful things we've developed over the last 50 years just to keep radical change from happening. Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) could have simply cured people and foregone networking them and giving them super powers but the networking and super powers was the functional cinematic reason he had to be stopped. The point is he cured people that currently have incurable disabilities. The Authorities could have chosen to talk first BEFORE shooting. Ah, but again AI and Change have to be the bad guys. But bad guys that cure Smog, Clean our Water, Recharge our depleted soil, Breakdown our garbage to useful elements, etc. What's bad about THAT !!! Yes there are risks to change, there are ALWAYS risks to change. However, the Authorities could have said to Dr. Caster, "Dude it's cool to heal all these people, it's even cool if you ask them and they choose to be enhanced. BUT we're NOT OK with all the people you fix being automatically networked. They should be asked if they want to be BORG and they should be given a Network OFF Switch. Isaac Asimov wrote the "3 laws" in 1950. It's not like we haven't been thinking about this stuff. I couldn't give a hoot about whether the movie was great or sucked (I realize this IS IMDB - but for me this is too great a movie message to reduce to cinematic chat.) P.S. you can bet the Weapons development people restarted the site immediately after it was under Authoritarian control. The point of all this - CHANGE WILL HAPPEN - GET USED TO IT - GET A HANDLE ON IT.
I found the story very inspiring about the future. I think this movie is so underrated.
This is not new territory, we have seen this before, notably in 1977's 'Demon Seed', or perhaps SKYNET from the Terminator series, a scientist creates a super computer that can out think humans and, as suspected, that is ALWAYS A BAD THING.This time, the excellent Jonny Depp is the mad scientist with delusions of grandeur who, after being fatally wounded by anti-tech terrorists (a little unbelievable there...) uploads his consciousness into his spanky new AI computer.His g/f is all for it and very protective of him, and soon they are building a city of tomorrow brain-hub in the middle of the desert.The anti tech radicals track them, though, and plan to launch their attack. Luckily the CIA also finds the base, and strangely, decides to also help the rebels with their attack.Here's where the movie goes decidedly off the rails, as the low budget (consider that Terminator Salvation, which is a very similar movie, had twice the budget at 200 mil) kicks in.SO the US Military is Really Concerned that a mad scientist super computer is building a private army in the desert...And they show up with like, 5 SEAL guys and ONE cannon....A freaking cannon. Towed behind an army truck. Like bringing cannons to a commando raid was sound military strategy or anything, which it isn't.I know what your saying. If they brought in attack gunships and A- 10s, the computer would take over them through their computers, blah blah blah whatever. There are ALL KINDS of high tech solutions to this that the US Military would think of.Instead, the end battle comes off as something you'd see on Stargate SG-1. The computer can now grow artificial life and has mind controlled cyborgs that can self heal, but.... geee... why not build a 50 foot tall fighting robot? Or an army of terminator style fighting soldier robots? Or even have the plant cyborg people grow themselves some bulletproof armour????!!!!Or a giant organic fence that electrocutes anyone that gets within a mile? By this stage this living city creature is fully capable of all of these things. Instead it has unarmed townspeople lumber towards the SEALS with plant tendrils coming out of them. Cringe-worthy.And that is TOO BAD, because before this, this was actually a really good movie! I mean, it's got freakin Jonny Depp and Morgan Freeman in it! Not to mention an excellent supporting role as the CIA dude, Cillian Murphy. The visuals and special effects (other than the killer plant tendrils) are also excellent.IF they had thrown a 200 mil budget at this, and had the mad computer attacking the rebels and the US government all over the world, which it could have done, behind his g/f's back, with all sorts of crazy tricks, now THAT would have been a Super Cool movie, with the final battle looking more like something from Terminator Salvation.