Movie Review: The Creation of the Humanoids (1962)
Synopsis: After a nuclear war wipes out 92 percent of the world's population and decreases the birth rate, mankind is forced to build robots to help supplement the workforce. Over time, the robots become more sophisticated and human-like, to the point the Order of the Flesh and Blood becomes fearful of a robotic takeover. What they don't know is the robots have already secretly developed an upgrade that allows them to produce exact replicas of deceased humans.
Who's in it? The movie stars Don Megowan, Erica Elliott, Don Doolittle, David Cross and Frances McCann.
Review: I came across this movie while making dinner last night and thought it looked interesting enough to add to my library. I had an opportunity to watch it this morning and it turned out to be a halfway decent science fiction thriller.
I think the thing that really stood out for me when it came to this film was the uniqueness of the plot. The idea of robots with the ability to perfectly imitate humans was admittedly a little scary but, at the same time, the film also portrayed the "clickers" as being oppressed by the humans and, ultimately, that made their primary objective somewhat acceptable.
I especially liked how the upgraded robots were programmed in a way that prevented them from knowing they weren't actually human. This added a little bit of mystery to the movie because, as the film progressed, it was hard to tell which characters were human and which were secretly machines. Not knowing for sure kept the film from becoming as predictable as it could have been and, ultimately, it led to some nice surprise twists.
I wasn't overly crazy about the ending, which relied too much on breaking the fourth wall to explain what happened next. It wasn't terrible. I just think the writers could have found a way to deliver the same message in a little less "on-the-nose" format. Fortunately, the rest of the movie does make up for that.
Final Opinion: This is an intriguing film with a solid plot that wasn't nearly as predictable as I expected it to be. If you haven't had an opportunity to watch this movie, I would recommend taking the time to do it.
My Grade: A
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