At the rate technology is advancing, is it really far-fetched to assume that one day we could be over run and controlled by the things that we have created? Okay, so I’m being a little dramatic, but filmmakers have been imagining for years a world where humans are no longer at the top of the food chain. This is one element of sci-fi films that is often revisited, the idea of advance artificial intelligence (robots, cyborgs or androids) walking amongst humans doing what they are told and making our lives easier. However they are not always compliant, and sometimes they can start getting ideas of their own.
Here are my top 5 robots in film (WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD):
5. Robocop – Robocop
“Dead or alive you’re coming with me”. No sane individual would pick the former especially when this statement is coming from a robot. Robocop is half man/half robot and he patrols the streets of Detroit fighting crime in a slightly heavy handed fashion. With memories of his life as a human and those who killed him, Robocop seeks to bring those in the corrupt police force to justice.
4. Bishop – Aliens
When the cyborg Ash in Alien went a bit nuts and tried to throttle Ellen Ripley, it is understandable that she would have her reservations when she came across Bishop in the sequel. Played by Lance Henriksen, Bishop states that he is an upgrade on the previous model, and proves his loyalty by helping Ripley and Newt off the alien infested planet. With a nifty knife trick and his harmless demeanour, it’s a shame that he gets torn to shreds by the alien at the end.
3. T-1000 – Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Although Schwarzenegger’s T-800 is what we were initially introduced to in The Terminator, it is the more advanced T-1000 in Terminator 2 that is the more interesting of the two. If you had to pick one to chase you (I know, why would anyone want to be chased down by a cyborg) you would definitely go for Arnie’s, because the upgrade would definitely find a way to kill you quicker. Made from liquid metal, this cyborg has everything the previous model had and more. Also with the ability to make knives and other stabbing weapons from its own hand, as well as turning into anyone it likes, makes this terminator nearly unstoppable.
2. Roy Batty – Blade Runner
There has always been something a little menacing about Rutger Hauer and before he was known as the psychotic hitchhiker in the 1986 film The Hitcher, he did a convincing job as Roy Batty, the leader of a group of rogue ‘replicants’ in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. A lot more intelligent and philosophical than you would expect of an android, Batty gives Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) a hard time, but the short life-span of all replicants means that his antics (which include gouging someone’s eyes out!) are put to an end.
1. David – AI: Artificial Intelligence
David (Haley Joel Osment) is unlike the other robots/cyborgs on this list; he was made for the purpose of loving his adoptive parents. Sometimes creepy and too eager to please, David‘s love for his mother in particular starts to get a little out of hand and he is abandoned. He then struggles to accept what he is and goes a little Pinocchio-ish with wanting to become a real boy.
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