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  • Writer's pictureWill Scarbrough

Review: The Creator

Amid a future war between the human race and the forces of artificial intelligence, Joshua, a hardened ex-special forces agent grieving the disappearance of his wife, is recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator, the elusive architect of advanced AI who has developed a mysterious weapon with the power to end the war-and mankind itself.

John David Washington, Madeleine Yuna Voyles, Gemma Chan, Allison Janney, Ken Watanabe & Marc Menchaca.

'The Creator' is a thought-provoking sci-fi thriller that touches on pertinent issues of AI and the ethics surrounding HUMAN intention with AI. It arrives at a time when discussions on these topics are more relevant than ever, resonating with the recent writers' strike.

One of the standout aspects of the film is its phenomenal world-building, featuring striking visual effects and breathtaking cinematography. The attention to detail in both production design and sound design is commendable, creating a seamless and immersive viewing experience. Hans Zimmer's score, as expected, adds a slick and captivating layer to the movie.

John David Washington delivers a solid performance, and the inclusion of the talented Madeleine Yuna Voyles adds to the film's appeal. However, while the technical aspects shine, the screenplay falls short of matching their brilliance. It tends to overload the audience with emotional baggage before the plot truly kicks off, leaving a desire for a more extended and slower-paced narrative that could have allowed for deeper character development and exploration of the futuristic timeline.

The editing, especially in the first half, leaves room for improvement, but it finds its rhythm in the second half of the film. Director Gareth Edwards showcases his unparalleled scale, achieving remarkable results with a modest budget and equipment.

The movie's first two acts, while maintaining a brisk pace, come off as somewhat slow and could benefit from more breathing space in certain scenes. The third act delivers moments of brilliance, but a certain "emotional" dialogue scene could have had a more significant emotional impact with silence between characters.

One area where the film falters is in the emotional connection between the characters. The dynamic between Joshua and Alphie shines, but the same cannot be said for Joshua and Maya, creating an emotional gap that diminishes the overall impact. Especially in its brilliant 3rd act that does hammer home some successful emotional moments that nearly brought a tear to my eye, but could have been more, with a more effective follow up scene.

In conclusion, 'The Creator' is a visually stunning and timely film with an impressive technical pedigree. While it falls short in terms of pacing, editing, and character dynamics, it offers a thought-provoking exploration of AI ethics and a solid ensemble cast. It's a commendable effort that leaves room for improvement in its execution. Give Gareth Edwards a stunning screenplay & he can prove himself to be one of the best sci fi directors in decades.

3.5 / 5

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