This is not a review of the movie you saw, this is conversation about the movie you didn’t see.
Magazines say the film, The Creator has bombed. I disagree. Perhaps Americans couldn’t handle seeing the United States as a duplicitous aggressor, using monstrous smart-bombs as a war-mongering, world-traumatizing perpetrator of international murders of artificially-intelligent persons.
Trust no reviewer of this film. This film is a unique experience and you will be the judge of whether you see what you expected, or whether you understand what the intent of this film was to be.
The Creator is a thoughtful film which challenges everything you think you want to know about technology, the militarization of artificial intelligence, the question of meaningful intellect and the fear of being replaced by technology even when there is absolutely no indication of such.
The Creator is Not ‘The Matrix’
In this film, the United States became a singular, superpowered aggressor (much like it pretends it isn’t right now) to justify what was later revealed to not have been the event they thought it was.
Fear of the machine intelligence has been pushed for so long, and so hard, the idea of robots and machine intellect being the supportive force we once thought it might be instead of every effort made in cinema to create them as a fearful thing that must be destroyed.
Was there a possibility that Los Angeles was sacrificed to create the conditions for their artificial intelligence pogrom in direct opposition to their viewpoints?
Was the world being held hostage? Were American interests and fears pushed to the rest of the world which had made not only a peace with machine intellect but cohabitating, living with and support machines as sentient beings worthy of respect.
Still Afraid of the Machine
This is a complex film which, if you saw it the way I did, you questioned every decision made by anyone because in the end, what you saw was the standardized knee-jerk reactions desired by the American leadership and its under-educated, fear-encrusted populace which says, anything new must be limited, controlled and if it has the power to destabilize our hegemony in the world, destroyed without a trace.
I had hoped this film would be different. I had hope we would finally showcase the idea of being at peace with our technological legacy, allowing it to help us reclaim the Earth before it was destroyed.
Nope. Not this time. More fear. More loathing. More expectations of death. More murder of sentient beings for fun and profit. Mostly profit.
Maybe next time. This film is not a flop. It showcases the terrible worldview of a people so fearful nothing can change their minds.
I guess “its all programming” was meant to have a number of meanings, if you knew where to look. When I am done being angry, I will write something more meaningful.
If We Are Being Honest About The Creator
Note this movie starts with the idea that the United States, with the help of machine intelligence won the Space Race. They had to have, because no one else had a counter to the NOMAD space weapon, which might imply the United States might be the ONLY real superpower which might have explained the general acceptance of machine intelligence elsewhere in the world.
Most reviews danced around it, hinted at it, but few pointed out the terrifying depiction of a United States with its doom-launching, reconnaissance-gathering orbital space platform which held the world as a hostage to its military low-orbit supremacy.
No one talked about the final invasion of privacy, the mind of the dead and dying, being used as an information resource. Imagine having your mind copied while your dead body is RIGHT there and knowing you will be dead AGAIN in seconds. This scene cements who the villains are in this film.
Making it worse was the United States’ hypocritical use of their own self-aware “smart bombs” which momentarily balked at being asked to blow themselves up… (You have to watch that scene closely to see it.)
Funny how all that slips by in the fear-mongering around the purported threat posed by non-human machine intelligence.
But here’s the coup de grâce: This movie hints at a possible truth regarding machine intelligence which no one wants to admit: Those machines were a reflection of the people who programmed them.
In the United States, predatory profit systems guides such creations almost ensuring the worst aspects of machine intelligence will be capitalized upon, demonstrated, and then weaponized, thus if such weapons are to ever exist, if we cannot use it, we will ensure no one else does either.
The Bottom Line
The Creator: 8/10 — A film which dares too much and falls like Icarus from the heavens, a brilliant fireball burning out before sharing its message on tolerance for the future of machine intelligence and each other.
Thaddeus Howze is an award-winning writer, editor, podcaster and activist creating speculative fiction, scientific, political and cultural commentary from his office in Hayward, California.
Thaddeus’ speculative fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals. He has published two books, ‘Hayward’s Reach’ (2011), a collection of short stories and ‘Broken Glass’ (2013) an urban fantasy novella starring his favorite paranormal investigator, Clifford Engram.