An individual's external appearance serves as a basis for initial judgment. Pre-conceived notions regarding an individual's internal merit are predominately formed through the scrutiny of an individual's biologically driven physical features, as well as their attire. However, individuals are encouraged not to prejudge the value of their peers based on the latter's outward appearance. Importance is placed on the inner workings of an individual: their disposition. In contradiction to such a philosophy, within a myriad of films the external form of a character is significant to the plot of the movie. Such importance is present in A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Terminator and The Terminator 2: Judgment Day. A.I. Artificial Intelligence, directed by Steven Spielberg, follows the tribulations of Mecha child, David, in his attempt to transform into an authentic Orga boy. James Cameron's The Terminator and The Terminator 2: Judgment Day are predicated upon artificial intelligence's attempt to exterminate the human race. In each film, machines endeavor to impede the human resistance by eradicating the leader, John Connor. Within each film, the physical form of the artificial intelligence is reflective of the major thematic components of the film.
Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence presents a robot protagonist that is constructed in the form of a human child named David. Scientist Professor Allen Hobby created David as a prototype for Cybertronics. David is created in the image of Professor Allen Hobby's deceased son and is a result of the former's desire to produce an advanced humanoid with the ability to feel love. Hobby thus attempts to emulate the relationship between human parent and child through the use of David. David's physical form is also reflective of the underlying themes of the film that go beyond the scientific purposes of David's Orga child state.
[...] Martin's fear of David replacing him is reflective of the more expansive fear of robots apprehending the human race. The fear of Mecha conquest is most apparent at the Flesh Fair, an event that promotes human authority by destroying Mecha. The significance of David's form is also made evident through the fair, as there is a vast distinction between flesh and metal. Robots that expose metallic components are unmercifully destroyed, while David, the most humanlike robot, is saved by the crowd's belief that David is human. [...]
[...] Artificial Intelligence, The Terminator and The Terminator Judgment Day. A.I. Artificial Intelligence, directed by Steven Spielberg, follows the tribulations of Mecha child, David, in his attempt to transform into an authentic Orga boy. James Cameron's The Terminator and The Terminator Judgment Day are predicated upon artificial intelligence's attempt to exterminate the human race. In each film, machines endeavor to impede the human resistance by eradicating the leader, John Connor. Within each film, the physical form of the artificial intelligence is reflective of the major thematic components of the film. [...]
[...] The three films present the common fear of machines conquering the human race. Through the physicality of the artificial intelligence presented in each film, the synthesis of man and machine is exposed as a detrimental act to the progression of humanity. Works Cited A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Dir. Steven Spielberg. Perf. Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, Brendan Gleeson and William Hurt. Warner Bros Film. The Terminator. Dir. James Cameron. Perf. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton. [...]
[...] While possessing the physicality of a human, the Terminator is able to infiltrate human society and complete his goal of terminating a given target with increased ease. However, the significance of the Terminator's form extends beyond strategic means, as this cybernetic organism is a reflection of human's struggle with technology. The mere composition of the Terminator is the fusion of flesh and metal, denoting the close relationship between humans and machines. As the film progresses the Terminator's human form degrades, exposing his robot interior. [...]
[...] His virile authority is also established when he kills Matt Buchanan, the friend of the Terminator's primary target. Matt is presented in his underwear to create a contrast between the physicality of human males and the Terminator. The Terminator possesses an obvious superior physical form, thus determining his masculine dominance. The de- masculinization of humans as a result of artificial intelligence is reflective of the overall conflict between man and machine. Cameron's The Terminator Judgment Day features a binary exhibition of artificial intelligence. [...]
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