The movie A.I Rising, directed by Lazar Bodroza is about testing the affinity between a human and an android programmed robot ‘Nimani’. Giving new dimensions to the human race colonizing with Robots in the outer space – the Alpha Centauri star system, failed to deliver what it had built before its release.
The movie starts by highlighting the Ederlezi Corporation that assigned an experienced cosmonaut to give in emotional bondage to a robot, for testing the pre-set reactions and reporting to the corporation. The fact that the Robot was machined to observe the cosmonaut’s natural responses and would report for him was kept secret, potentially brought a twist in the storyline.
The official trailer, sound effects and the initial start is strong enough to hook up the attention but as soon as the movie’s plot picked up, it turned out to be very slow, dismantled and directionless. Some of the shots are repeated and unnecessarily stretched without pushing any point. The intimate scenes are excessively spanned in fact, the scenes are notably exaggerated for a sci-fi movie.
The internal set also looked very raw, deficient and powerless for a spaceship. But the outer space long shots are worth watching, nicely choreographed to build the momentum. If you look at the storyline and its potential twists alone, this movie could have been a great hit but the direction failed the expectations of the viewers.
The movie took another turn when the cosmonaut felt to release the real looking robot from its default codes and set her free, therefore uninstalled it by accessing the advanced mode. To his surprise, Nimani came tougher on him, anti-human and gave him responses that were beyond his expectations. With all this, there is sufficient room left for more emotionally poignant moments, but the focus remained over ‘intimacy and sex’, neglecting other emotional knots like pain, jealousy, honour, warmth etc.
As the movie develops, Nimani began to sense and feel like humans but she chose to destroy herself to set cosmonaut free of her.
This small budget sci-fi movie looked more of soft porn in comparison to any responsibly directed science fiction. Making the hero die in the end made it more awful because the audience left in no sense of attachment whether his decision to set Nimani free was right or wrong? What does the future hold for these kinds of human-robot relationships?
Surprisingly, this movie managed to earn awards and according to the playwriter, Dean Haspiel describes the film as, “Adam and Eve in outer space”.
But if rated by the viewers, this movie got more rotten tomatoes than stars, we rate it 2 out of 5.