The Best Film Representations of Futuristic Society

Film Representations of Futuristic Society

Zone 414

2021/UK

The protagonist of the film, private detective David Carmichael (played by Guy Pearce), goes to the City of Robots to find the missing daughter of the creator of this zone. Helping him in this advanced artificial intelligence named Jane. More and more immersed in the investigation, David begins to realize that people, having created humanoid robots and endowed them with emotions, immediately turned them into slaves.

Here is what Guy Pearce himself said about his hero: “David is a former policeman and a man who has seen a lot. I really enjoyed this role, because David has a calm, tough character. He enters this strange world of Site 414, and finds himself literally at the epicenter of all the worst.”

At the very beginning, the hero of Guy Pearce hears from the cyborg the phrase: “This city should not exist.” But in this film, humanoid robots already exist, but they all “live” in one big ghetto and have practically no rights. It seems that the City of Robots itself is one big experiment. The purpose of this is to find out what cyborgs are capable of and how they can help people. Unfortunately, the conclusions that mankind comes to on this matter do not inspire hope for a fair future. They mock cyborgs and use them to satisfy their desires and whims. It seems that humanity is lacking in the first place, not by the robots themselves, but by people.

Bicentennial Man

1999/Comedy, Drama/USA, Germany

The film “Bicentennial Man,” directed by Chris Columbus in 1999, also talks about the problems of interaction between humans and artificial intelligence. A robot named Andrew Martin (Robin Williams) “lives” in an era when people, instead of dogs and cats, get themselves robotic assistants who run the household. And since Andrew’s owners are a good-natured family with well-behaved children. As he soon develops an affection for them and feels that, as it seemed, only people can have the plot of this picture was based on the novel of the same name by Isaac Asimov and the film “Positronic Man” by Robert Silverberg.

Columbus himself left a reference to the works of Stanley Kubrick. He assigned the robot the number NDR-114, which had previously been repeatedly used by the horror genius in the films A Clockwork Orange and Dr. Strangelove.

I’m Your Man

2021/Germany

The main character of the film, Alma (Maren Eggert), works at the famous Pergamon Museum in Berlin. In an effort to get a grant for a research program, she agrees to participate in an unusual experiment. For three weeks, she must live in the company of a humanoid robot named Tom (Dance Stevens), created with the expectation of her character and desires. He is designed to become an ideal life partner for a woman.

Interestingly, the first attempts of Artificial Intelligence to establish relations with Alma led to the opposite effect. She is even more assertive in her opinion that the robot is not capable of human feelings. However, as we know, artificial intelligence can analyze reactions and learn for itself. And the further acquaintance of Alma with Tom brings unexpected results.

Here is what director Maria Schrader said about choosing the theme. At first, we planned that the events would take place in the distant future, but changed our minds. In our world, much is built on algorithms, and high-tech robots have long ceased to be science fiction. Although the form in which the robot appears in our picture is still only a dream.

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