So, Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie opens this week, and by its looks, it seems to be mixed with Short Circuit, Robocop, E.T., A.I., District 9, and the music video for Die Antwoord. (Full disclosure: I haven’t seen it yet.) But one thing seems certain: It will be another sign of the interest in movies with robots. From the earliest years of film – even before the term “robot” was invented, in fact – movies have always been popular. They represent many of our blood vessels – our confidence in technology and anonymity, our amazement at what it means to be human, our fear that, in the end, we may change. So, we thought it might be fun, in honor of Chappie (or as a correction to what… decides), to put the best robot movies in film history. Note, however: We are focused on the most important movies for robots – not, in other words, movies with robots in them, such as Alien (s) or Interstellar or Forbidden Planet. We also avoided films that focused exclusively on computers – therefore, not in 2001: A Space Odyssey. (But the Matrix comes in because it’s actually full of robot creatures.) And, as usual, only one film per franchise.
1.The Terminator (1984)
For years robots threatened us in sci-fi movies that looked like real robots. They are made of metal and with gears and rotating doodads and speak like machines. But when James Cameron portrayed Arnold Schwarzenegger as a murderous robot from tomorrow in the first term of the Terminator film (supposedly, it owed much to Westworld) he not only saw our deepest fears about robots (that they would be better, more powerful than even humans themselves) but also a complete piece of Austrian behemoth with limited width and drone-like delivery. In the following years, respectively, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Cameron re-introduced culture: During this time, he helped transform Schwarzenegger, who sought political prominence, into a more conspicuous, friendly man, and used the CGI to give us the T-1000, its existence of a “polymetal alloy” that was closer to magic than mechanics.
2. Metropolis (1927)
In Fritz Lang’s masterpiece in 1927, a mad scientist produced a robotic version for his beloved late wife. But in time, he transforms the robot woman into a puppet masterpiece of the film, a brilliant revolutionary named Maria, in an attempt to quell an uprising. Robot-Maria then continues to use her magical, irrational powers to enter the community of this dystopian society. There is no science behind this robot, of course; his power is basically sweet. (The film sometimes looks more like a sexual threat than a threat to the use of technology.) But in her demonstration of the great power of science, Maria – and, in addition, the film – introduces a warning story to armies that will soon open in the 20th century.
3. WALL-E (2008)
From its first wordless slide to its slapstick end, from its grim picture of the degraded environment of nature to its ever-expanding sting of humorous humor from comfort and stasis, this is one of Pstrong’s biggest films. And it is an extraordinary film that can put a non-human robot in the center of it, filled with his passion for a robot.
4.Blade Runner (1982)
In all its transformative form and form as a sci-fi science film, Blade Runner sometimes feels more like a philosophical experiment than a vision of the future. The repeaters in the film – not the metal android we grew up knowing and liking, but they are built in the same way, so I count them as robots – only available because of the answers they give to certain seemingly strange questions. Also, they can die – usually in poetic form. In other words, they have souls. And among the questions asked by films is whether one type of soul works more than another.
5. Matrix (1999)
The biggest fear based on movies is the artificial intelligence that after a certain point, the world will no longer need us. The Matrix gives that impression one of its most resonant symbols: In this future, humans are being used as batteries for giant robotic creatures while their minds are kept busy with a real-world simulacrum. Thus, it includes the technological fears found in many robotic stories and the questioning of Zen about true nature. Years ago, it was still fun.
Paul Verhoeven’s art is more humorous than you can remember. There is also a lot of violence, as we spend most of the movies watching young gentleman Murphy (Peter Weller) slowly walk his inevitable – and violent way – where he will be transformed into the future cyborg of the film title. To be honest, that technically makes RoboCop not a robot – you’re part of a human being, after all – but the film is about this drag-and-shoot between Murphy’s human side and his robot side.
7. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
When Stanley Kubrick died he left the long-awaited project about the efforts of a young boy, who has the feeling of being completely human. Kubrick’s fans will forever argue that whether Steven Spielberg (who was supposed to have nominated him to direct the film) did justice to Kubrick’s vision, but it is undeniable that he poured out his heart and soul to the film. Of course, Spielberg’s film is not limited to artificial intelligence and the question of national philosophy; rather, it’s a moving story of a little boy (played by then-boy-of-the-time Haley Joel Osment) who wants to be accepted and to learn what it means to love. And it’s beautiful.
8. Westworld (1973)
What hell did Michael Crichton have against the amusement parks? Many years before he wrote Jurassic Park, the author wrote and directed this humorous sci-fi Western-horror comedy about a future park where android viewers, chief among them the gunslinger played by Yul Brynner (made a robot for his character from The The Magnificent Seven), go haywire and start killing guests.
9. Stepford Wives (1975)
The fact that the Stepford Wives movie robots can be considered a waste in some places because it reveals so much – that these stupid, pessimistic, incomprehensible, flawless women are actually machines. A boring film featuring many American neuroses after the war in one black game: our love of class, pasture, sex, and technology.
10. The wonderful Iron Giant (1999)
a film by Brad Bird, based on Ted Hughes’ children’s book, is an eye-opener. It marries two seemingly contradictory concepts: the fact that robots often reflect all of our fears of technological advances untested in the view that having a friend of robots is the ultimate dream of children. It is a beautiful family drama, a beautiful children’s movie, and an exciting plea for peace. And it still works very well in Vin Diesel’s work, like the voice of Giant.