How to find a cool robot movie
For generations, sci-fi movies and books have both fascinated and intrigued our minds. What can be made possible with the help of technology and until what point will humanity be able to go to discover the mysteries of life?
No matter if you are a believer or not, important breakthroughs in technology are nearer to our age than ever, with companies paying billions to implement last-minute scientific discoveries that will finally make robots a part of our daily lives.
We already see timid integrations of robots in standardizing some operations in large production factories, but more and more commercial robots are starting to take over some of our daily choruses. Pretty much like the directors Hanna and Barbera depicted in their well-known animation series “The Jetsons” in 1962, we are heading toward a fully digitalized life full of robots and mechanism aiming to gain us, humans, time while machines perform repetitive tasks for us.
And, although we haven’t reached the era of the flying cars yet, there are still plenty of robot movies on the market to satisfy your curiosity about how our lives could look in the near future. If you don’t have the time to search for these movies yourself, we hope that the following article will assist you in making the right choice.
How we chose the coolest robot movies
Believe it or not, there aren’t that many great movies about robots in our era, and almost all those who can be considered as good only depicted in a negative way the use of robots. Gifting robots with artificial intelligence will bring a whole new series of problems, leading the humankind until the verge of extinction and self-destruction.
Nevertheless, there are some cool movies with robots that might strike your interest if you are fascinated by this stuff. So here is what we consider to be the best approach in looking for the best movies with robots.
Do your research
You may be surprised to find out that there are plenty of sci-fi movies revolving around robots, but, as previously mentioned, not all of them deserve your interest. In order to search for the best robot movies, it wouldn’t hurt a bit of previous research.
We do suggest going through online robot movies reviews or search reputed scoring platforms like IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes. There, everybody can leave a score and so you can tell which movie will be suitable for you, based on the plot, the leading actors, or the scores provided by previous watchers.
Unfortunately, sci-fi movies are rarely taken into consideration for large international film festivals and movie awards, so don’t expect too many of them making it to the red carpet. This means you can only base your research on what friends or relatives suggest or on the movies reviewed.
You can even go to your favorite DVD store and see what’s for sale in this department or ask for recommendations there.
The world classics
There are few robot movies that made history over the years and turned into successful sagas, sequels, prequels, and anything in-between. By far, the most popular robot movie of all times remains the classic Terminator, with all its five episodes. The story is worldwide known and the movie is the one that has turned actor Arnold Schwarzenegger into a Hollywood star.
In second place comes the extremely popular Robocop, the movie depicting an injured police officer who has his body reconstructed almost entirely only to become a cyborg. The movie also has become a worldwide hit and has had several reinterpretations over the years.
The “good” robot movies
When it comes to movies to watch anytime with robots, we cannot stop but remember a handful of highly emotional and beautifully-written movies. These can be easily watched by people of all ages and can turn into wonderful lessons taught to your children.
We are talking about Wall-E and The Bicentennial Man. The first one is a wonderful animation developed in 2008 and is one of the few robot movies to receive an Oscar. It tells the story of a small robot that embarks on a space journey that will prove to become a journey of a lifetime which will help decide the future of mankind.
The latter, The Bicentennial Man starring Robin Williams is a reinterpretation of a story originally written by sci-fi author Isaac Asimov. It tells the story of a household robot who easily develops a human side, struggling to be recognized as a human being in the end.
These movies show the sensitive side of artificial intelligence, as well as a more romantic approach towards the perks of such technologies.
I, Robot falls into the same category as it depicts the universe of robots that receive artificial intelligence and, seeing what humans do to each other, will soon start a war against them for their own protection.
The artificial intelligence movies
The movies in this line, although not entirely redeemed as robot movies, tell a romantic or not-so-romantic version of how it feels to constantly interact with artificial intelligence programs of the future. Some of them become independent on their humans and start growing on their own, developing reactions similar to feelings.
Films that fall into this category also represent good choices of movies for family moments, but we do suggest watching them if you have older children. Toddlers or little children may fail to understand the depth of them and, also, some concepts may be quite hard to explain.
In this category, some of our top selections include Her and Transcendence. Both of these movies score high in the IMDB database and deal with rather delicate concepts. In Her, the character played by actor Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with his new Operational System in a near future where these OS are generated by Artificial Intelligence robots capable of learning anything in a matter of seconds.
A similar story is told by the film Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp. The only difference is that in the latter, a scientist obsessed with the idea of developing the AI even further manages to upload his consciousness into such a program.