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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 Paws

The Creator

20th Century Studios, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, New Regency Productions and Entertainment one present a PG-13, 133-minute, Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama, directed by Gareth Edwards, written by Gareth and Chris Weitz with a theater release date of September 29, 2023.

Joshua (John David Washington) is having a quiet night at home with his pregnant wife Maya (Gemma Chan) when suddenly humans invade their home looking for the mastermind behind the military forces of Artificial Intelligence. When Maya and Joshua get separated, he thinks that she has been killed but when pictures surface of her he sets out to find Maya. Set 40 years in the future, Artificial Intelligence is everywhere but has taken a turn for the worst when an all-out war breaks out between humans and AI. It seems humans are afraid that robots will conquer the earth and over-run the human population.

But there are many humans that get along with robots and fight for their existence but the military forces led by Colonel Howell (Allison Janney) and her crew will stop at nothing to find “The Creator”. As Joshua joins the humans his motive is to help them as long as he can save Maya but when he doesn’t find her, he actually comes upon Alphie (Madeleine Yuna Voyles) that is able to control her surroundings with her mind. Since she is a robot Joshua fears the humans will kill her so he decides to take her and run. Joshua is still looking for Maya and both he and Alphie have formed a strong bond for each other. As they come together to find Maya the military also destroy the human forces that have been bombing colonies of AI and the humans that share their lives.

I tried not to say too much about the story but the trailers pretty much tell you what I have. So, I actually liked this movie even though it has its weaknesses. The direction is well done but some of the writing is a bit jumbled even though they run the story in chapters. I felt that the whole idea of the war and who started what was left blurry. They could have done a bit better of laying out the floor plan before they started to build a story that sometimes is a bit off course and over or under edited. It has a good score to accompany the action and drama but at times the music was mis-placed and a bit too loud for what we were watching on the big screen. I did like the special effects which are excellent and the relationships that developed albeit with not-so-great character development. The story does resemble “The Terminator” movies just filmed in a different style.

They did well with making this an action film set in the future filled with drama and adventure. The film will definitely keep your attention because it truly is not boring at all. There are many supporting characters that help move the storyline like Janney, Chan and Watanabe but it is Washington and Voyles that make this story come alive. Hats of to Voyles though, for a young child actor she was superb. As for animals in the film there are several but the dog scene is hysterical with the bomb, yet the threatened puppy was terrible but made its point. The cat was being a cat and the farm animals were all included in the daily farming lives of humans and AI. Overall, I would see this film if not only for the pure enjoyment of some good action on a futuristic planet earth.

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