Written by admin on April 6th, 2011
Movies featuring the intricacies and never-ending possibilities of technology never fail to draw big crowds. Perhaps it’s because of our innate curiosity for things yet unseen, or maybe it’s just the braggart in us surfacing, always ready to relish in our accomplishments in the sciences and technology. Whatever the reasons are, we will always love us some movies about such themes. Here’s a list of some of our top picks.
1. Bicentennial Man. This movie starring Robin Williams is both a delightful and tragic story. Andrew, the robot, fell in love with a human being, pushing him to want to become a full-fledged man himself. While everyone around him desperately works and hopes to achieve everlasting life, we watch our hero longing to die so that he won’t outlive the love of his life.
2. Gattaca. In this movie, Vincent, a child born out of true love, has been doomed to a life of prejudice and discrimination simply because he has been conceived without the aid of science. His genetic makeup projects that he has a low life expectancy due to a tendency to develop heart and mental disorders, making him automatically disqualified to become an astronaut, his lifelong dream. However, as this is a movie, against all odds, Vincent finds a way to pursue his aspirations, and in the end, gets to fly out of space.
3. I, Robot. This movie revolves around the three laws of robotics conceived by the prolific science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. In this movie, robots are shown to be integrated in the society, living as the servants of humans. Of course, as it would, a program goes awry, creating VIKI, a central computer with artificial intelligence. VIKI ends up controlling all robots, commanding them to dispose of humans. Not to worry though! Will Smith, who is part robot, saves the day by destroying VIKI.
4. Hackers. One of Angelina Jolie’s earlier films about a group of computer savvy friends who discover an evil plot that will let loose a virus to invade computer networks throughout the world. These young men and women must then exhaust all their knowledge of computers to both stop the plot and capture its perpetrator.
5. The Net. This movie stars Sandra Bullock as a very intelligent computer expert. She unwittingly stumbles upon a secret terrorist plot, after which she finds her life turned upside down. Dodging arrests from police and continually running away from hired guns, she successfully informs the FBI of the eminient attack that will destroy computer networks.
6. The Social Network. This movie circles around the story of Mark Zuckerberg and his most famous creation, Facebook. Of course, we now know this man as one of the richest internet pioneers to have ever existed. But prior to his amassing billions, he had to suffer lawsuits and allegations of breach of trust before he was finally able to fully launch his invention.
7. The Matrix. Of course, any list of movies about computers and technology is not complete without mention of The Matrix. This movie centers on the struggle to break from the super computers that have taken over and enslaved humans. This is of course Keanu Reeves’ most famous role ever, where he leads a revolutionary group of humans to freedom from the computers’ control.
8. Tron. This is perhaps the only movie that utilized illuminated body suits almost all throughout! Well, aside from the enticing and futuristic visuals, Tron teaches us to at least value the software programs that are at work when our computers are switched on. Imagine being a brilliant computer game designer, getting zapped into the computer world, and then having the very characters you created try to obliterate you! Talk about a whole new level of education!
9. Electric Dreams. Computers and the 80’s don’t match? Think again! Electric Dreams is certainly one of the funnier movies out there. It revolves around a computer that gains sentience and eventually names itself Edgar after its human owner Miles accidentally spills champagne on the machine. And this is not all, as Miles, who gets a little romantic assistance from Edgar to woo a beautiful neighbor, finds his robot friend falling for the woman too! Love triangle involving two humans and a self-aware computer—what could possibly go wrong?
10. You’ve Got Mail. This romcom(puter!) circles around two people who exchange e-mails regularly. Of course, neither knows the real identity of the other person as they both use screen names in their correspondences. In real life though, they know each other as arch rivals. The guy is a scion of a very large and highly successful chain of bookstores, while the girl struggles to keep her small family book shop afloat. This movie features e-mailing heavily, and is in fact the very activity that connects and eventually helps develop the couple’s romantic relationship.This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 at 8:06 am and is filed under Fun, Top 10. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.