100 Years of AI – VII

Let’s explore films that perfectly encapsulate the raw power and thought-provoking nature of this world-changing technological breakthrough from 2020 to the present.

Part I explores films crafted from the 30s to the 60s. Part II explores films made during the 70s. Part III takes a look at the 80s and 90s, Part IV features films from the year 2000 to 2010, Part V explores films from 2011 to 2017, Part VI looks at films from 2018 & 2019, and Part VII explores the years 2020 to the present.

Archive (2020)

Set in 2038, the film follows a scientist who is trying to advance artificial intelligence a step further than human beings, all while bringing his wife back from the dead. A man secretly begins developing a robot that will be able to hold the consciousness of his deceased wife permanently. After learning from two initial attempts (J1 and J2), his final version (J3) is almost complete.

British science fiction film written and directed by Gavin Rothery, in his directorial debut.

2067 (2020)

In the year 2067, Earth has been devastated by climate change and an ongoing nuclear war. Only one city in the ruins of Australia has been able to hold out against these catastrophic changes, thanks to synthetic oxygen; but this oxygen is tainted and gradually causes a deadly affliction called “The Sickness”. After surviving traumatic time displacement, Ethan finds himself with a hand computer named Archie.

Australian science fiction film directed and written by Seth Larney from a treatment by Gavin Scott Davis (itself from Larney’s own idea)

We Need To Talk About AI (2020)

Acclaimed filmmaker Leanne Pooley directs this insightful documentary examining the future of artificial intelligence and the impact it will have on our world. As computers continue to evolve at an ever-greater speed, they will have the capacity to design and program themselves. Without the help of humans, the next generation of computers will create new and smarter A.I. at an exponential pace. What will these technological developments mean for the future of mankind?

Coded Bias (2020)

The documentary is about artificial intelligence and the biases that can be embedded into this technology. It states that there is a lack of legal structures for artificial intelligence and that as a result, human rights are being violated. It says that some algorithms and artificial intelligence technologies discriminate by race and gender statuses in domains such as housing, career opportunities, healthcare, credit, education, and legalities

 American documentary film directed by Shalini Kantayya 

Invasion (also known as Attraction 2) (2020)

The action takes place three years after the events of Attraction. A girl who was saved from death with the help of extraterrestrial technologies has unusual abilities now. The girl has become the object of the research conducted in secret laboratories of the Ministry of Defense. Julia’s new abilities attract not only people on Earth, they are becoming a threat to extraterrestrial civilizations

 Russian science fiction action film directed and produced by Fyodor Bondarchuk

After Yang (2021)

Jake and Kyra live with their adoptive daughter Mika, as well as Yang, a robotic teenage boy. Jake and Kyra bought Yang, a culture unit, as a way for Mika to connect with her Chinese heritage through sharing stories and facts. Yang becomes unresponsive one day after a family dance competition, but he is no longer under warranty because they purchased him from defunct reseller Second Siblings instead of his original manufacturer, Brothers & Sisters Incorporated. Jake, whose tea shop is struggling, seeks an affordable way to repair Yang.

Written, directed, and edited by Kogonada.

Finch (2021)

Post-apocalyptic survival-film. The story follows an aging man named Finch, a survivor in a now nearly uninhabitable Earth, who builds and teaches a robot to take care of his dog when he dies.

Directed by Miguel Sapochnik and written by Craig Luck and Ivor Powell. The film stars Tom Hanks.

Free Guy (2021)

 It tells the story of a bank teller who discovers that he is a non-player character in a massively multiplayer online game who then partners with a player to find evidence that a gaming company’s CEO stole the player’s game’s source code.

Directed and produced by Shawn Levy from a screenplay by Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn, and a story by Lieberman. 

Ron’s Gone Wrong (2021)

A socially awkward middle-schooler befriends a defective robot he names Ron, and must find a way to protect Ron, who comes under danger from corporate employees.

Animated science fiction comedy directed by Sarah Smith and Jean-Philippe Vine (in his feature directorial debut), co-directed by Octavio E. Rodriguez, and written by Peter Baynham and Smith.

The Matrix Resurrections (2021)

The film is set sixty years after Revolutions and follows Neo, who lives a seemingly ordinary life as a video game developer having trouble with distinguishing fantasy from reality. A group of rebels, with the help of a programmed version of Morpheus, free Neo from a new version of the Matrix and fight a new enemy that holds Trinity captive.

Co-written, and directed by Lana Wachowski, and the first in the Matrix franchise to be directed solely by Lana, without her sister, Lilly. It is the sequel to The Matrix Revolutions (2003) and the fourth installment in The Matrix film franchise.

Mother/Android (2021)

 It follows a pregnant woman and her boyfriend who try to reach a fortified Boston amidst an AI takeover. Nine months later, Georgia, expecting her baby, has taken shelter in the forest with Sam. They are trying to reach Boston, which has been fortified against the androids. 

Post-apocalyptic science fiction thriller written and directed by Mattson Tomlin 

I’m Your Man (2021)

Dr. Alma Felser, an archeologist, arrives at a dance club where an employee introduces her to Tom. Alma quizzes Tom with a complex math problem and on trivial details about his favorite poem, and he answers readily. Tom then invites Alma to dance but suddenly begins repeating himself; he is quickly carried away, revealing him to be a robot.

German science fiction romance written and directed by Maria Schrader

Je Suis Auto (2021)

 “Auto” is a self-driving taxi. An unemployed nerd critical of artificial intelligence. The film is a farcical comedy that deals with issues such as artificial intelligence, politics of labor, and tech culture

Austrian social science fiction indie comedy directed by Juliana Neuhuber and written by Johannes Grenzfurthner

Moonfall (2022)

It follows two former astronauts alongside a conspiracy theorist who discover the hidden truth about the Moon when it suddenly leaves its orbit.

Co-written, directed and produced by Roland Emmerich

Brian and Charles (2022)

A feature-length adaptation of the trio’s 2017 short film of the same name. A lonely inventor in rural Wales comes across a mannequin’s head, which inspires him to attempt to create an artificially intelligent robot, though he is unable to activate it. That night, during a thunderstorm, Brian discovers his activated robot wandering outside of his workshop, and Brian brings it into his house.

Directed by Jim Archer, in his feature debut, from a screenplay by David Earl and Chris Hayward

Bigbug (2022)

Set in the world of 2045, where communities have robotic helpers, a group of suburbanites are locked in for their own protection by their household robots, while a rogue, sentient AI android revolt uprising outside.

A French science fiction black comedy written and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. On Netflix

Kimi (2022)

CEO of a tech corporation called Amygdala gives an interview about the company’s newest product, Kimi. Kimi is a smart speaker that controversially makes use of human monitoring to improve the device’s search algorithm. Amygdala plans to soon hold an initial public offering, which stands to earn Hasling a fortune.

Directed by Steven Soderbergh and written and produced by David Koepp. Released on HBO Max

M3GAN (2023)

The plot follows an artificially intelligent doll, who develops self-awareness and becomes hostile toward anyone who comes between her and her human companion.

Directed by Gerard Johnstone. It was written by Akela Cooper from a story by Cooper and James Wan 

Jung_E  (2023)

In 2194, Kronoid clones a legendary mercenary’s brain to develop an AI mercenary, code-named Jung_E. Dr. Yun Seo-hyun is the team leader of research project Jung_E and seeks to memorialize Jung-yi as a hero rather than a failure. Researchers at Kronoid have copied Jung-yi’s brain data and put them in Android bodies. Through simulations of Jung-yi’s final mission, they try to extract combat memory data that could be used to develop an exceptional combat AI. Just like Captain Jung-yi failed her last mission, AI JUNG_E also fails in every simulation of the last mission.

South Korean science fiction film written and directed by Yeon Sang-ho. On Netflix

Heart of Stone (2023)

An international intelligence operative must embark on a dangerous mission to protect a mysterious artificial intelligence system known as “The Heart”. She is tasked by the peacekeeping operation known as Charter to keep the object safe from falling into enemy hands.

Directed by Tom Harper from a screenplay by Greg Rucka and Allison Schroeder and a story by Rucka. On Netflix

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (2023)

A next-generation Russian submarine Sevastopol employs an advanced AI, activated by a two-pieced cruciform key. The AI deceives the crew into attacking a phantom target only to be struck by their own torpedo, killing all aboard. IMF agent Ethan Hunt travels to the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Desert to retrieve one-half of the key from disavowed MI6 agent Ilsa Faust, who carries a bounty from an unknown source.

Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, from a screenplay he co-wrote with Erik Jendresen.

It’s the sequel to Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) and the seventh installment in the Mission: Impossible film series. The untitled eighth Mission: Impossible film will be released in 2024.

The Creator (2023)

Set in 2070, 15 years after a nuclear detonation in Los Angeles and a war against artificial intelligence, an ex-special forces agent is recruited to hunt down and kill the “Creator,” who has developed a mysterious weapon with the power to end the war.

Directed by Gareth Edwards, who co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Weitz

Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire (2024)

In a universe controlled by the corrupt government of the Motherworld, the moon of Veldt is threatened by the forces of the Imperium, the army of the Motherworld controlled by Regent Balisarius. Kora, a former member of the Imperium who seeks redemption for her past in the leadership of the oppressive government, tasks herself to recruit warriors from across the galaxy to make a stand against the Motherworld’s forces before they return to the planet.

Directed by Zack Snyder from a screenplay he co-wrote with Kurt Johnstad and Shay Hatten, based on a story Snyder also created. A sequel, Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver, is set to be released on April 19, 2024. Netflix.