CRRL Picks: Classic Robot Movies
Annotation:Deckard is a “blade runner”, a man who makes a living hunting down escaped replicants, synthetic beings that seek freedom. His last assignment is to hunt down five particularly troublesome escaped replicants. Along the way, he will make startling discoveries about the corporation that created them, the people around him, and what it truly means to be human.
Annotation:Waitess Sarah Connor is menaced by a robotic assassin from the future sent back in time to kill her before she gives birth to the leader of the human resistance against Skynet, a self-aware AI that rules the future world.
Annotation:In a near-future Detroit that looks depressingly close to the city’s present condition, policeman Alex Murphy is brutally killed in the line of duty and turned into a nearly invulnerable cyborg by the corporation that dominates the city to bring justice.
Annotation:Robot child Astro Boy battles evil robots and many other villains while struggling to close the distance between machine and man. Based on Osamu Tezuka’s classic manga, this was the first Japanese-made animation to become popular in North America.
Annotation:Space traveller Klaatu has a grave warning for the people of the Earth about the excesses of violence and military power that the Atomic Age has wrought...and he delivers it in the form of Gort, a robot with a horrific eyebeam weapon capable of destroying everything.
Annotation:Dr. Morbius lives alone on a mysterious planet with his daughter and highly advanced technology from a vanished alien race. Why are the astronauts visiting him dying mysteriously? Features the first appearance of Robby the Robot.
Annotation:Classic silent film by Fritz Lang which features a mechanized city divided between a small ruling class that lives high above and impoverished laborers who toil in the grimy depths. (available through free interlibrary loan via UMW)