Rent The Creator (2023)

3.4 of 5 from 205 ratings
2h 8min
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Synopsis:
Amidst a future war between humans and AI, an ex-special forces agent Joshua (John David Washington) grieving the disappearance of his wife Maya (Gemma Chan) is recruited to kill an Al architect who has developed a mysterious weapon that could end humankind...
Actors:
, Madeleine Yuna Voyles, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Leanna Chea,
Directors:
Producers:
Gareth Edwards, Kiri Hart, Jim Spencer, Arnon Milchan, Galileo Mondol, Gaku Narita, Ace Salvador, Rodney Louis Vincent
Writers:
Gareth Edwards, Chris Weitz
Aka:
True Love
Studio:
20th Century Fox
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/01/2024
Run Time:
128 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English Audio Description Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Castillian, Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.76:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/01/2024
Run Time:
133 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description Dolby Digital 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, German Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Subtitles:
Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Various
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • True Love: Making 'The Creator' - Join director Gareth Edwards and crew for nearly an hour lock behind the scenes. Hear from actors about the filming experience, and learn about the production's documentary-style approach, the innovative camera and lighting work, and much more
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/01/2024
Run Time:
133 minutes
Languages:
Canadian French Dolby Digital 5.1, Castilian Spanish DTS 5.1, English Audio Description Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Atmos, German Dolby Digital Plus 7.1, Italian Dolby Digital Plus 7.1, Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Latin American Spanish Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Subtitles:
Canadian French, Castillian, Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Various
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • True Love: Making 'The Creator' - Join director Gareth Edwards and crew for nearly an hour lock behind the scenes. Hear from actors about the filming experience, and learn about the production's documentary-style approach, the innovative camera and lighting work, and much more

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Reviews (3) of The Creator

Fast paced, beautiful to look at, but lacked originality and flare - The Creator review by AER

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01/10/2023

I was really hyped up to see The Creator. In this day and age we are lucky to see films crafted from original scripts and not sequels/reboots/superhero stuff. However, The Creator, as amazing as it looks, failed to turn me on as the plot was basic, and the characters a bit flat. After Tenet, again John David Washington doesn't quite flesh out his protagonist, he seems something of a reluctant performer. I loved the child actress, she was very convincing but had little to do. I was remind of the films of Neil Blomkamp especially Elysium (they share a similar ending) who's work is similarly inspired by the drawings of Syd Mead. So basically, if it's originality you're after, go elsewhere, however, The Creator isn't short on spectacle and I;d like to see a return to non-franchise cinema....

5.5 out of 10

6 out of 7 members found this review helpful.

Great effects let down by terrible script - The Creator review by Alphaville

Spoiler Alert
26/01/2024

Exotic sci-fi adventure set in Thailand in which humans battle androids. The androids have a robo-child with special powers whom the humans have to eliminate. Our human hero is caught between the two sides. It starts interestingly but soon gets bogged down in scattergun action scenes and flashbacks with little happening plot-wise during the two-hour run-time. The hero’s motivation and his relationship with the child never convince, while the rest of the cast are one-dimensional cyphers. The repetitive action soon palls and the film begins to drag. Eventually you’re left just to admire yet more cgi flash-bangs until the silly ending.

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Visually Impressive & Entertaining Sci-Fi - The Creator review by GI

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25/01/2024

This is a bold, visually spectacular science fiction extravaganza from director Gareth Edwards. It really is impressive, influenced extensively by Blade Runner (1982) and a host of other films not least the Star Wars series. In a future about 40 years from now the developments in robot technology have led to Artificial Intelligence on a grand scale but a nuclear disaster in the US has led to the banning of all AI. In the east however AI is welcomed and has integrated into human life and this has led to a global war with the US who have developed a massive weapon with which they plan to wipe out AI once and for all. Former ex Special Forces Joshua (John David Washington) is persuaded to return to the east on a mission to destroy a dangerous weapon that will lose the war for the west. Joshua is a traumatised soldier having lost his pregnant wife on a previous mission. When he finds this new AI weapon it's not what he expected. There's been quite a sub genre of man vs machine narratives such as The Matrix (1999) and the Terminator series (1984 and others) and this latest has some clever twists on the story form especially around the good v evil idea. Edwards has created a really impressive film here and whilst I felt the story was a little rushed towards the end and perhaps a little underwhelming the overall structure, vibe and entertainment values are all superb. A film to catch on a big screen if you can, the futuristic scenes are extremely good, but definitely one to enjoy at home too.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

The Creator (aka True Love) review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Gareth Edwards’s The Creator is a sci-fi spectacle, to be sure, where the dazzling displays of androids battling humans are exciting and eye-popping. This is not to say that the script is weak. The screenplay is rather robust in telling a tale of technology, pathos, and what it means to be human. The issue is that these are not new themes for those who are well-read on these topics touched upon in a long history of science fiction novels. That said, if you don’t mind reviewing these aspects, there’s some familiar joy to be had in this sci-fi tale.

The film takes place in a future where artificial intelligence has increased so that humanity has started to reject the tech-based lives it has created. AI became outlawed, and the remaining mechanical entities departed for the Asian continent that had reformed into New Asia. Said to be in this region is Nirmata, the one making advancements in the realm of AI. Sent to find Nirmata is the soldier Joshua Taylor (John David Washington), acting as a spy in this territory. However, he goes native and finds himself forming a romance with Maya (Gemma Chan). Their relationship gets too serious, and his cover is soon blown when US forces charge into the area. The error in this mission leads to Joshua losing his wife, her unborn child, and his arm.

Years later, Joshua is tasked with going back in, hinting that his wife might still be alive. On his continuing mission to find Nirmata, he meets a strange child dubbed Alphie (Madeleine Yuna Voyles). What makes Alphie unique is that she is the first AI child. Her new conception grants her extra abilities to control other tech with her mind. She might just be powerful enough to defeat the US’s giant space weapon, NOMAD. Realizing that Alphie could turn the tide in this war of man versus AI, Joshua aims to protect this kid from all the forces that want her dead. At the same time, he’ll come to terms with his past.

These are standard sci-fi elements, but it was refreshing to see a new piece of science fiction more in line with Ghost in the Shell, where AI is not the monster but a new being yet to be fully understood and cornered into protecting itself. It has many recognizable visual effects present in everything from the cyberpunk cities of New Asia to the androids with see-through holes in the middle of their heads. The dialogue delves into typical aspects of questioning existence, as when Joshua and Alphie have a discussion about how they don’t feel worthy of an afterlife. There are also plenty of familiar tropes in the supporting players, ranging from the wise old sage (Ken Watanabe) to the trigger-happy colonel (Allison Janney).

For essentially being a tread through grounds that have many marks, it’s still solidly assembled. It’s a gorgeous film that often utilizes the natural beauty of outdoor Thailand, present in everything from a battle at a port to a stand-off at a village in the mountains. Edwards’s direction is stellar in this aspect as he crunched the numbers about how much more cost-effective and visually pleasing it would be to shoot on location instead of using built sets or digital backgrounds. For a film with lots of VFX ranging from spaceships to giant tanks to violent robots, it looks stunning considering the budget of only $80 million, looking far better than films that cost twice as much.

The Creator does not blaze any new trails in science fiction, but it finds enough emotional strength to warrant further delving into the topic of AI. In going about the motions of this story, Washington and Voyles have strong chemistry, and their quests for finding meaning in life do ring true, even if the resolution becomes predictable by the final act. Looking specifically at the plot, it’s not all that original, and you can probably think of at least five films of the past that probe deeper into the questioning of tech. But while The Creator may only scuff the surface of this issue, it polishes it with enough exciting coats of action and computer graphics to make it intriguing enough.

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