Robots

Chappie

Set in Johannesburg, South Africa, sometime in the near future, the film presents a semi-dystopian society where the police force is largely made up of robots. They’re law-enforcement machines, almost indestructible and capable of doling out swift, emotionless, fearless justice. Voiced by Blomkamp’s frequent collaborator, Sharlto Copley (whose movements were digitally captured to create the …

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Big Hero 6

Our scrappy hero Hiro is a smart but unfocused teen. He gambles with his creations on the robot-fighting circuit, while his idolized elder brother Tadashi excels in college. Just when Tadashi finally lures Hiro to give college, and especially the renowned robotics program, a chance, disaster strikes and Hiro’s happy world is thrown for a …

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Robocop (2014)

I always say I’ve never seen the original Robocop movie, but that’s not entirely true. I’ve seen it in passing about fifteen times, and never once has it clicked to the point where I felt compelled to sit down and watch it. It’s weird. It’s wrong. As someone who loves 80s action movies, it makes …

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9 (2009)

At first you may see glimpses of Coraline in this film (the stitching of the doll/robot at the beginning), or any Terminator movie (the apocalypse was caused by a war between machines and the humans who made them), or even WALL-E where a scared little robot picks his way through devastation. But soon you start …

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Real Steel

Set in the not-too-distant future, the film stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a one-time boxer, who’s traded in his gloves for a remote in order to fight it out in robot bouts. That is, the robots – not their human controllers – hop into the ring to duke it out. Charlie’s strapped for cash …

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Transformers

Sweet mother of all that is good and pure in this world, Transformers is by far the best summer movie of the year. Hands. Down. Ahem, in short: I was transformed into a fan! It’s Michael Bay at his finest! It’s the best time you’ll have at theaters this summer! This is the movie for …

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Pacific Rim

I don’t understand the appeal of watching giant robots smashing things to bits. No, I take that back. I liked The Iron Giant, and Studio Ghibli does fantastic things with robots. Maybe I hate anything with giant robots that resemble Transformers, which I loathe (at least the movies). The success of the stinky Transformers films …

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