"Chappie" (the movie)

I watched this the other night.

Who here has seen this, and what did you think about the portrayal of AI technology? :smiley:

Oh, and if you haven’t seen it, and are offended by gratuitous violence and language, then you should avoid it.

(Or if you are australian… the sadistic bad guy programmer is an aussie)

Watched it. It was OK I guess. Didn’t think about it much after that. Interstellar left more lasting impression.

Watched it a few weeks ago and found it meandering and fairly pointless. There were so many places I thought it might be heading - real topics in AI - and then it would never get there, and it never became much of a story either. It’s not a documentary, so I could forgive accuracy in favor of a story, but even that wasn’t there. I did read a number of stories about how it was a truly awful experience to make the movie due to some bad behavior on set and a lot of people pulling the script this way and that - and that sure seems to come through, because it was all over the place.

As for what it says about AI, just about any other movie is a better watch. My list : Ex Machina in particular for a recent example, 2001 (of course), Transcendance, Blade Runner, I Robot, Collosus:The Forbin Project. Each of them touch on some of the real philosophical and moral challenges of AI within an actually watchable story (depending on your tastes). Chappie wasn’t worth the time invested in watching it, IMHO. Big Hero 6 would be a better use of your time.

As far as AI movies. I really like Bicentennial Man.

You know, I was just coming back here to add that one to my list :slight_smile: People seem to like to hate on that one, but I think the underlying story is really interesting.

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+1 for Bicentennial Man. Great movie.

Android is another oldie I like. Low budget but still pretty good.

Thanks for the info on the movie Colossus: The Forbin Project. Not one I have seen for a very long time so downloading it now to check it out (impossible to buy certain videos in this country)

The reason I asked, was the movie was pretty ridiculous, but my stepson thought it was great. I was surprised.

Big Hero 6 was great!
Transcendence was pretty good, imho.
Interstellar had too many extremely silly plot holes for me, but it was entertaining

I’ll have to check out “Colossus: The Forbin Project”

I’m surprised nobody mentioned the movie “Her”. Or “Tron”

I liked…

[quote=“mcalsyn”] My list : Ex Machina in particular for a recent example, 2001 (of course), Transcendance, Blade Runner, I Robot, Collosus:The Forbin Project. Each of them touch on some of the real philosophical and moral challenges of AI within an actually watchable story (depending on your tastes). Chappie wasn’t worth the time invested in watching it, IMHO. Big Hero 6 would be a better use of your time.
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I recently watched Ex Machina. It got a bit slow at times but in the end it definitely left me thinking. Nice twist to the Turing test. I’d definitely recommend it. He also had some great ideas for how robots should look :smiley:

I watched Transcendence recently, also. It was interesting but reminded me more of Terminator (another AI movie not on the list).

Just saw this in my email pile this morning…

Here’s their top 15 list:
[ol]2001: A Space Odyssey
Alien
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
The Matrix
Blade Runner
Robot & Frank
Intersteller
Westworld
Her
Robocop
Ex-Machina
Wall-E
Colossus: The Forbin Project
Metropolis
iRobot[/ol]

I really liked Chappie.

Chappie isn’t about AI; it’s about man becoming a god via machinery. It plays out the quote by Bruce Sterling from Schismatrix Plus : “In another thousand years we’ll be machines or gods”

Chappie has a relationship with his Mom, Dad and Maker. Chappie is given a command by his maker not to do any crimes, which he tries to hold to until he realizes his own mortality. He also poses this question to his maker “Why did you make me just so I can die?” In the end Chappie discovers “the soul” and devises a way to transfer “the soul” from the old flesh body to the new titanium everlasting body. This plays strongly on the beliefs of Christianity in which the believer is promised by God to be brought back to life in a body that will live forever (which is found interestingly portrayed in the movie).

All in all, it was a great movie. 5/5

I watched Colossus: the Forbin Project today. Awesome.

Nobody mentioned Short Circuit! Long live Johnny 5! Need more input!

Speaking of AI. Has anyone been watching the series Humans on AMC? The season is over for the year. I didn’t know if I would enjoy it but in the end I really did.

Haven’t seen it but it looks like all the episodes are online. :slight_smile:
http://www.amc.com/shows/humans

Also, don’t forget D.A.R.Y.L (1985)

Downloaded this last night and the first episode bodes well for the rest. :slight_smile:

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I just had a sci-fi series binge watching stretch recently, watching all the available episodes of “Falling Skies”, “Dark Matter” and “The 100”

Falling Skies started out kind of OK, but got pretty ridiculous.
The 100 was OK, although it has gotten a little strange now too.
Dark Matter is actually pretty decent, imho. Somewhat cliche in a lot of respects, but it has me anticipating the next season. I’ve enjoyed it. Kind of reminds me a little of Firefly, except not as steampunk, or with the same level of clever dialog… but I like it so far.

I will check out “Humans” :slight_smile:

I enjoyed Falling Skies for the first two seasons, but gave it up during the third.

I enjoyed Almost Human until it was cancelled after the first season. :frowning: