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The Creator
review by Bobby Blakey

Director Gareth Edwards received acclaim with his unique take on the creature feature with Monsters that spun him into bigger epic films including Godzilla in 2014 and Star Wars: Rogue One in 2016. Now he is returning to the world of sci-fi once again with the film The Creator starring John David Washington, Allison Janey, Gemma Chan, and Ken Watanabe. Could this film be as epic as it seems, or will it be more artificial than real?


The Creator follows 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 amid a future war between the human race and the forces of artificial intelligence.


I have been eager to see this movie since its first trailer. Finally getting to sit down with it I was concerned that maybe I had over hyped it in my mind, but thankfully I hadn’t and enjoyed it quite a bit. The film has a simple concept for the story that plays up well into today’s concerns for AI. Depending on how you take the overall tone of it all you can see all sorts of levels of stances on for and against AI, but it also plays up well as a straight up sci-fi flick on its own.


There is enough depth to the story to keep you invested and does a good job of getting you connected to these characters and blurring the lines of good and bad. You can see both sides of the issues, but also see a very simple solution to some that anger and hate just won’t allow. I found some elements a bit slow, but overall kept me engaged throughout. The visuals

alone and this world are cool with a blend of normalcy infused with futuristic tech and of course robots.


For all the good there is a pacing issue here and there that makes it hard to stick with early on. I felt like every time it started getting interesting it shifted gears a bit and lost its impact. Now this is just in a couple of moments, and it still manages to work more than it doesn’t. It won’t work for everyone, but I for one enjoyed it and think it is a nice return to the sci-fi genre in a way we haven’t seen in a while from a non-franchise property.  


In addition to the film this release offers up bonus content including a featurette on bringing this sci-fi epic to life. Grab your copy of The Creator available now on digital and then on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD on December 12th from 20th Century Studios.  

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