Coolest Robot Depictions in Cinema
Ever since Metropolis and Star Wars, mechanical companions have become standard science fiction fare. Which of these are the coolest?
It's hard to find many, or any, robot depictions in cinema dating back to 1920's, especially ones that don't look completely cheesy by today's standards. Maria, from Metropolis is a classic exception. Sure, she looks a bit dated, but not much more so than C-3PO, which was modeled off her design. As far as plot goes, Maria was a seductive form of the blank-slate machine-man created by mad scientist Rotwang in an attempt to destroy the titular city.
Screamers is a cult-classic science fiction film from the mid-90's in which a distant mining planet, caught in an arms races, develops the ultimate killing machines: Screamers. The only problem is, they turn on their master. These little razor-blade wielding bots come in various incarnations, the most basic being a mechanical contraption the size of a cat that burrows through the ground like a mole and attacks anyone unfortunately to be standing above it. The concept is a classic -- ground-burrowing mechanical guard dogs. Who wouldn't want some of those?
IG-88 is the infamous bounty hunter assassin droid showed briefly in The Empire Strikes Back in a scene where Vador convenes a troop of bounty hunters to ensnare Luke and company. Even before the Empire's rise, assassin drones were banned due to their aggressive tendency to overthrow their masters. Holowan Laboratories' design for the IG-88 model intended to overcome these problems, but lead to disastrous effects.
The portrayal of Ash, the android science officer on the Nostromo space freighter from Alien, paints a bleak picture of what our future will look like if cold-hearted androids becomes indistinguishable from humans. While the crew thinks Ash acts out of compassion in dealing with the alien invader, he is in fact a corporate shill on a mission to return the creature back to headquarters at any cost. Ash is eventually overpowered by the crew. After spilling his guts, his decapitated head says of the crew's prospects for survival: "You have my sympathies".
In Robocop 2, Cain is the cyborg nemesis created by mega-corporation OCP to give the original Robocop a run for his money. In his human form, Cain was the leader of a violent drug cartel plaguing the city of Detroit, but after near-death at the hands of the police, a researcher at OCP decides to use his brain for the next evolution in the Robocop line. Unfortunately, Cain's criminal, drug-addicted personality is ill-equipped to follow directives and to make things worse, his physical powers now outstrip Robocop's. Armed to the tooth with rocket launchers and machine guns, and coated in an impervious steel, Cain's only soft spot is his brain.
- The purpose of this list is to admire cool robotic morphology.
- No robotic-powered suits. No aliens. No humans posing as robots.
- Cyborgs are okay if they can be distinguished from humans.