THE CREATOR – “Top tier sci-fi in nearly every way”
Directed by: Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – 2016)
• John David Washington as Joshua
• Madeleine Yuna Voyles as Alfie
• Gemma Chan as Maya
• Ken Watanabe as Harun
• Sturgill Simpson as Shipley
• Allison Janney as Howell
• Ralph Ineson as Andrews
• Veronica Ngo as Kami
As a future war between the human race and artificial intelligence rages on, ex-special forces agent Joshua is recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator, the elusive architect of advanced AI. The Creator has developed a mysterious weapon that has the power to end the war and all of mankind. As Joshua and his team of elite operatives venture into enemy-occupied territory, they soon discover the world-ending weapon is actually an AI in the form of a young child.
Top tier sci-fi in nearly every way, Gareth Edwards’ The Creator serves as a timely feast for high concept-loving moviegoers. Yes, this is yet another excellently crafted gritty and visceral output by the director of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Here, Edwards takes a timely subject (the rapid growth of artificial intelligence) and molds a future world that is both believable and complicatedly beautiful (well, minus the ongoing brutal war that is). The problem, however, is that you will feel as if you’ve seen this movie before (and not just because of the spoiler heavy trailer). It’s mainly because The Creator draws inspiration and imagery from SO many other iconic motion pictures. It’s part The Terminator and Bladerunner, but it also falls in line with the likes of Apocalypse Now and Children of Men. Now, all of those movies are A-grade great, so it’s not such a bad thing. Plus, the future lived-in world on display is so tangibly raw, you can’t help but be in awe of it. That is to say, this is not some cheap knock off. On the performances front, John David Washington delivers a career best as a conflicted and torturedly desperate soul. The film’s true scene-stealer, though, is youngster Madeleine Yuna Voyles as Alfie. Prepare yourself folks, Voyles will simultaneously warm your heart while at the same time breaking it. So yes, while The Creator is overly familiar, there are still plenty of remarkable aspects to make it stand on its own. This review was not written by AI – or was it?
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