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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

🏆 "The Creator" (2023) - Machines with a Heartbeat: A Moral Quandary

Updated: Jan 30

Rating: ★★★1/2☆ (3.5/5 stars)

Released 09-29-2023

Watched 10-01-2023

Reviewed 10-02-2023

Viewed in Theater - Using Cinemark Movie Club

"Ten years ago today, the artificial intelligence created to protect us detonated a nuclear warhead in Los Angeles. For as long as AI is a threat, we will never stop hunting them. This is a fight for our very existence."

"The Creator" takes us on a thrilling journey into a future where humanity's survival is at stake, battling against an ever-evolving artificial intelligence. At the core of this tale is ex-special forces agent Joshua, who is brought out of retirement to track down the mastermind behind this formidable AI. The stakes are raised when it's revealed that this architect of war has developed a weapon with world-ending capabilities, which turns out to be an AI embodied as a young child.

First and foremost, it's worth noting the impressive cinematography. Scenes are shot with precision, creating a visually immersive experience that fully brings to life the desolation and tension of a world at war. The pacing keeps the viewer engaged, making sure you're always on the edge of your seat, wondering what's coming next. The cast delivers commendable performances, adding depth and authenticity to their characters.

However, where "The Creator" stumbles is in its treatment of the moral questions it raises. In a world where AIs are at war with most of the human race, the film expects viewers to empathize with the very beings responsible for a possible human apocalypse. This leaves a jarring disconnect, especially for those who may find it hard to reconcile the AI's actions with their potential for emotion. My daughter made a poignant point about the dangers of perpetrating genocide on sentient beings, and while this perspective adds depth to the narrative, it might not resonate with everyone.

In conclusion, "The Creator" is worth a watch for those looking for an action-packed sci-fi drama that delves into the ethical considerations of AI. However, if you're seeking a groundbreaking narrative that seamlessly weaves together all its themes, this might not be the film for you.


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