Tenet’s John David Washington Directs Big Original Action Movie
Listen, I don’t really think ChatGPT will ever evolve to Skynet, but I can’t help but be a little nervous in the face of the great unknowns of artificial intelligence. So if anyone wants to cash in on my paranoia for a big show, I’m glad it’s director Gareth Edwards. Edwards is the guy behind the low-budget wonder Monstersthe completely underrated 2014 Godzilla reboot, and the divider but beautiful Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. He hasn’t done much since the 2016 prequel, but damn it, the wait seems worth it: the trailer for his new movie The creator strives to imagine a post-apocalypse tale steeped in our big questions about AI.
The creator stars John David Washington (Principle, BlacKkKlansman) as a soldier surviving a war between humans and an artificial intelligence that has already destroyed Los Angeles. (My friends, this is why the WGA is on strike over AI regulation!). Here is the official summary:
Joshua (Washington), a hardened former Special Forces agent mourning the loss of his wife (Gemma Chan), 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 war…and humanity itself. Joshua and his team of elite operatives travel through enemy lines, into the dark heart of AI-occupied territory… only to discover that the doomsday weapon he has been tasked to destroy is a AI in the form of a young child.
Personally, I hate it when the doomsday weapon I’ve been asked to destroy is an AI in the form of a young child. Suck.
Like a mix between Edwards’ entrenched vision for Monsters and production design at no cost to A thug, The creator looks deeply thought out and massively scaled without losing any of the human element. THE terminator And Matrix the comparisons are obvious, but the sensitivity of Steven Spielberg AI: Artificial Intelligence seems to be there too. If the vision wasn’t enough, the cast is stacked: Ken Watanabe plays a literal gear, while country singer Sturgill Simpson plays a guy named Dog. Finally, Allison Janney follows her Taken-ish Netflix movie Lou cocking a futuristic gun and looking like a badass. Here for everything, though the impending disruption of real AI has me wondering if the internet as we know it will exist 10 years from now. Everything is fine as long as The creator is good!
The creator opens in theaters September 29.