(courtesy IMP Awards)
“This is a fight for our very existence.” Amid a future sci-fi war between the human race and the forces of artificial intelligence, Joshua, a hardened ex-special forces agent grieving the disappearance of his wife, is recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator, the elusive architect of advanced AI who has developed a mysterious weapon with the power to end the war—and mankind itself. The Creator is both written and directed by acclaimed British sci-fi filmmaker Gareth Edwards, director of the movies Monsters, Godzilla, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story previously. Produced by Gareth Edwards, Kiri Hart, and Jim Spencer. (courtesy First Showing)
With all the news lately about ChatGPT and robots capable of all kinds of incredibly capable feats, it’s beginning to feel, even to those of us with boundless optimism, that perhaps we are signing our own death warrant and the reality of a Terminator-like world of adversary between man and machine may not be all that far off.
It’s a scary thought and one that Hollywood, and not a few book authors and TV creatives, have taken as terrifyingly engaging narrative inspiration for years, but in The Creator, while that expected reality has come to pass, we’re asked to consider what might happen if there was a bond, a connection between the two warring parties, and what, if anything, that might do?
Coming from a writer-director as meditatively good as Gareth Edwards, who has given us epic films awash in action but suffused with leaveningly good humanity and thoughtfulness, it’s hard not to expect this film to be anything other than superlatively good.
And who knows, maybe all that optimism is misplaced and things might not be as terrible in the end as popular culture has led us to believe?
The Creator releases in Australia on 28 September and in US on 29 September.
Here’s a great look at the creative process behind this world of man and machine …