They Do Have a Soul
Although they are not in every-day use, I mean in the real life, robots are in our movies for more than 50 years. Depending on the side they serve, movie robots are friendly to people and almost always envy them for having feelings, then trying to become human… Or on the other side, they show destructive energy, and try to achieve their dark goals using their brutal strength. Here are the best of them.
7. Data – Star Trek
Originating on TV’s The Next Generation, android Data is mixture of Spock-like logic with childlike innocence and intense curiosity about humanity. A Lieutenant Commander aboard Picard’s Enterprise, Data made his movie mark with a dramatic character arc about what it means to be human in the last three Star Trek films. In the films, Data installs an emotion chip that allows him to feel, resists the temptation, to become more human in exchange for selling out his crew (First Contact), and makes the ultimate sacrifice by giving his life for others (Nemesis). Geek factor: You gotta love any robot who has a pet cat. Best standard feature: ‘Umm, maybe his jaundiced skin?’
6. Ash – Alien
“Bring back alien life form. Crew expendable.” Those are the eerie orders for Ash, the android who tricked the crew of the Nostromo into thinking he was human. Thanks to his sinister intention to capture a live specimen of the alien species, all hell breaks loose on board the vessel and we get one of the greatest science fiction/horror movies of all time. In addition, how many robots can say they’ve shoved a rolled-up porn magazine down Sigourney Weaver’s throat? Ash also holds one of the best movie deaths for an alien of all time. First he is decapitated, then electrocuted and finally burnt to a crisp. Actor Ian Holm brought an extra dose of creepiness to the character that made him all the more memorable in the grand scheme of the Alien franchise. Ash is yet another reason to be wary of any future real-world attempts to create human-like robots.
5. Evil Bill and Evil Ted – Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey
At some point in your life, you’ve surely thought to yourself, “Self, wouldn’t it be interesting if I was going to be a huge star in the future, so some future genius with plans of world domination created an evil robot facsimile of me and sent it back in time to kill and replace me so that they could rule the world by proxy?” Of course you have! That’s why Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey blew your mind. Also, the evil robot Bill and Ted call the real Bill and Ted fags, murder them, and then just hang around spitting on their bodies for a while. You have to admit, for a PG movie, that’s some pretty ridiculous robotic action.
4. The Iron Giant
Easily the greatest animated robot, The Iron Giant is a space visitor who befriends a young boy, Hogarth, in the 1950s. But even though Giant is extremely human (his stomach even growls when hungry), he turns into a deadly weapon when threatened — a trait the film handles almost like a sinful urge the robot fights to suppress. When Hogarth shows the robot comic books, they agree that Giant can be Superman and not Atomo, a killer machine. Says Hogarth, “It’s bad to kill. Guns kill. You don’t have to be a gun. You are what you choose.” In the end, Giant chooses to be Superman and sacrifices himself for others.
3. Wall -E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter, EARTH-CLASS)
Another good robot, but what makes Wall-e special is emotion which some humans never had, neither will. He is hilariously funny. In this (animated) movie this cite robot was sent to abandoned Earth to clean the garbage, that is a consequence of 700 years long tradition of consumerism. On his boring mission, this sincere, brave robot falls in love with female member of his group – Eve. For this love Wall-e will go for an adventure which will change their lives forever, but also the destiny of the human race.
2. Optimus Prime – Transformers
Optimus Prime is the awe-inspiring leader of the Autobot forces. Originally a mere civilian, he was chosen by the Matrix to command, the first in a number of heavy burdens he has been forced to bear. Another is his bringing of the Transformers‘ conflict to Earth. The complete opposite of his mortal enemy Megatron, every casualty, human or Cybertronian, weighs heavily on his spark. He does not show this side to his soldiers, and he never succumbs to despair. The Autobots need a decisive, charismatic leader, and that is what he gives them. It was that leadership which turned the tide of the Great War. On the battlefield, there are few who rival Optimus Prime’s prowess. He is easily the strongest of any Autobot his size, and his ion blaster and his energon-axe are deadly weapons. He would sacrifice his life to protect his fellow Autobots or those under their care, and does so on a regular basis. His compassion for other sentient beings is his only real weakness, and one the Decepticons have taken advantage of time and again… though it’s also the source of his strength!
1. T-800 Model 101 – The Terminator
The 800 series Terminator, aka the Arnold Schwarzeneger version, is quite obviously the best robot to ever appear on film. In the original “Terminator,” the series 800 bot that’s sent back in time is a terrifying killing machine. He might not be efficient (robots that have to go through the phone book to find their victims never are) but he sure can kill. I’m a fan of any shotgun wielding robot, I’ll tell you this right now. If C3PO had only brandished a sawed off, he’d be on this list. Also, the laser sighted handgun was such a killer touch that was way ahead of its time. When I saw that scene back in the 80s, my mind was blown. While noticeably gayer, the 800 series bot that appears in “Terminator 2″ is pretty cool as well. This time he uses his scary robot abilities for good and, thanks to teaming up with John and Sarah Connor, he actually succeeds this time.