Author: moviedude

Ex Machina (2015)

 We have come so far in our technology that we have almost created artificial intelligence. So much to the point where we have almost managed to make full conversations with these creations. But what happens when the conversations turn into a relationship that the other party can’t get out from? That’s what happens in “Ex Machina”, a sci-fi film that will definitely make one think about where we might be going in the wrong direction of artificial intelligence. The film explores deep philosophical questions about what might go wrong when A.I. starts to have and create relations on their own. “Ex Machina” is a brilliant science fiction tale that delivers deep questions into our own mechanical society. The story has a computer programer named Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) going to an isolated area inhabited by another programmer named Nathan (Oscar Isaac). Nathan has invented a robot that will see if it can inhabit human qualities. The catch is that the robot is female, and its name is Ava (Alicia Vikander). Through a series of sessions, both Caleb and Ava start to form a relationship, but something doesn’t seem right. Caleb wants to learn more about what his true purpose is in this experiment, and what will Ava do to change human conscience. “Ex Machina” is a brilliant science fiction film that deserves all the praise that it has been getting....

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Unfriended (2015)

 We live in a world where technology pretty is now a part of our daily lives. Case in point, having the ability to communicate through our computers. But what happens when having a conversation with friends on the computer starts to get ugly? By this, a question is asked: can the dead hack into our computers and reveal terrible secrets about our friends? That is the premise of the horror film “Unfriended”, a movie that uses its subject material to its advantage in shocking ways. While film itself is suspenseful and mysterious, there are some problems that cannot be ignored. “Unfriended” is a social commentary about what happens when a prank goes to far on the Internet, and consequences are severe. The plot involves a group of friends having a conversation via Skype. Unbeknownst to them, the spirit of their dead friend has come to join in the chat as well. What follows is what follows is everyone trying corroborate just what is going on. All the while, their friend is forcing them to tell the truth about one year ago when a girl named Laura Barnes committed suicide. Everyone tries to mitigate, but no one is safe online. “Unfriended” is a horror film that uses the marketing for this movie to its advantage. The story keeps the audience glued to the mystery at hand, as well as having...

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Chappie (2015)

 Artificial intelligence is something which is still up for debate in the real world. Yet, in the world of fiction, like the movies, this concept can be obtainable. This is proven to a bigger potential than with the recent movie “Chappie”. Director Neil Blomkamp proves once more that society has failed to overlook a simple idea, despite the dangers it might present us with. The movie is a good effort in providing action with robots, yet there are some problems that are fluctuated in the feature. “Chappie” offers something more towards artificial intelligence, and that is giving a robot a personality. The story involves a future where the police force of Johannesburg, South Africa have enlisted the help of advanced robotics to take down the toughest criminals in the area. One day, one of these robots gets seriously injured, and is scheduled to be demolished, a scientist named Deon Wilson (Dev Patel) comes with the idea to use an artificial intelligence program to give it a personality. Unfortunately, Deon is captured by thugs who want to use the robot for criminal purposes. The program is a success, and the robot gets a name: Chappie (voiced by Sharlto Copley). Now, Chappie must discover the difference between right and wrong, as well as trying to avoid another scientist named Vincent Moore (Hugh Jackman) who wants to destroy him for personal gain....

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 Once in a while, there comes a family film that does not rely on pop culture or toilet humor to sell itself. This is one of those movies. With “Paddington”, based the character of Paddington Bear by Michael Bond, is one of those rare movies that can entertain both kids and adults alike. There are some moments that do tend to be a bit on the crude side, but in all honesty, the movie is definitely a treat. “Paddington” is a real nice surprise from a market where bathroom humor and pop culture references are the main attraction. The story involves a bear from Peru named Paddington (Ben Whishaw) whose home is destroyed in an earthquake, and now must go to London in order to find a new home. He then meets the Browns, and at first they seem a bit uncomfortable with him living with them. Yet, as more of his origin story is revealed, the Browns soon accept him as part of the family. “Paddington” is definitely a surprising film to watch. The story is simple and the lesson learned by our main characters is one that is totally relatable. Speaking of, the main cast for this movie id a very good job in their roles. Heck, even Peter Capaldi, the 12th Doctor for all you Doctor Who fans, turns an over-the-top performance into someone who is...

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Jupiter Ascending (2015)

 Ever since 1999 with the release of “The Matrix”, the Wachowskis have had failure after failure. Mostly, and probably, is because they have great ideas, but the execution is not what is truly perceived. Enter their recent film “Jupiter Ascending”, a sci-fi tale that has a lot of promise, but nothing truly worth remembering. While the film is entertaining visually, the rest is nothing memorable or worth talking about. “Jupiter Ascending” is probably a sign that the Wachowskis need to retire in the film industry. The story involves a woman named Jupiter (Mila Kunis) finds out that she actually is part of a bigger conspiracy than she thought. She then meets a man named Caine (Channing Tatum) who reveals to her that is royalty. Yes, royalty… IN SPACE! Now the hunt is on for Jupiter in order for her to advocate her power and release the Earth unto powerful political forces to harvest humans as a resource. “Jupiter Ascending” is a film that is dumb. The story really has no clear focus, and there are a lot plot holes that are encountered. Also, if this were toned down to a younger age demographic, then this would have worked out as a young adult sci-fi/action movie. The editing is a pain as the action is moved so frantically that the viewer does not have a clear understanding of what is...

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