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The Creator (2023)

Much has been said about the ability to make this on a fraction of the budget of other similar titles, and the point is valid as the production design should make you confident enough to forego its other shortcomings.

Borrowing liberally from the likes of Mahiro Maeda's 'The Second Renaissance', in turn lifted from the Wachowski's 'Bit and Pieces of Information', as well as the blatantly obvious Spielberg dalliance with Haley Joel Osment.

The philosophy/science fiction narrative is on solid ground, enabling it to spread its wings plotwise, familiar as we all are now with the benefits and potential pitfalls of artificial intelligence.

The story is timely as mankind in the near future suffers at the hands of its own creation when AI becomes too powerful to contain, posing as many questions as it does answers along the way and hinting at perhaps a better idea for humanity before it shoots itself in the head by accident.

Good sci-fi always asks questions, so we should not be surprised that director Gareth Edwards (Rogue One, Monster, Godzilla) takes the idea and runs with it, fleshing out a story where there isn't too much of it available (flesh, not story), giving emotion where it really shouldn't ever show its face, by all accounts.

The performances are excellent from John David Washington and find of the year Madeleine Yuna Voyles (tell me you didn't get vibes of Eddie Murphy in The Golden Child and I won't believe you) that will bring some to tears by the conclusion, which is striking given the genre and overall tone.

Worth a viewing certainly, but it doesn't bring anything new to the genre, it just does it for cheap, although you'd never know it. A bit of a marvel, really, which is more than we can say about The actual Marvels these days.

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