Gareth Edwards is one of the most exciting science fiction directors in recent years. After directing “Monsters,” a highly acclaimed British film that achieved remarkable visual effects despite its $4 million budget, the director went on to helm “Godzilla” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” with little break between projects. While he encountered issues with Disney during the production of “Rogue One” and was replaced in some final scenes by Tony Gilroy, his latest film proves that the studio was completely wrong about him.
With “The Creator,” Edwards returns to space science fiction, exploring the primary issues of Artificial Intelligence and how we can confront them. This already indicates that the film is firmly rooted in our contemporary world and is highly relevant. The early reviews make it clear that the film offers much more, as they highlight its strengths.
Rotten Tomatoes certifies the success of “The Creator”
With an 80% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, “The Creator” stands out as the most acclaimed science fiction film of the year. Despite having a budget of $80 million, which is considerably cheaper than other big-budget films like “Blue Beetle” or “The Flash,” it seems to have a much more compelling development. Its synopsis already makes it clear that the movie holds promise:
Amid a future war between the human race and the forces of artificial intelligence, Joshua, a hardened former special forces agent grieving the loss of his wife, is recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator, the architect of advanced AI who has developed a mysterious weapon with the power to end the war and even all of humanity. Joshua and his team of elite agents travel through enemy lines to the dark heart of AI-occupied territory. Once there, they discover that the weapon they’ve been ordered to destroy is an AI that has taken the form of a young child.
But what does the critics say about the film?
“The film is, in terms of contemporary studio thinking, a gamble. And it pays off wonderfully.” – Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail
“One of the most creative, daring, and visionary original sci-fi films we’ve had in YEARS. It has stunning visuals, amazing world-building, spectacular imagination, and timely dialogue.” – Dave Lee
“Edwards pays tribute to the greats who have inspired and influenced the genre but still adds his unique style, perfectly complemented by Fraser/Soffer’s cinematography and Zimmer’s incredible music. This is something that science fiction fans MUST see!” – Elliot Collins
“In Edwards’ gritty storytelling, the world-building feels fresh and vibrant.” – Sean P. Means, Movie Cricket