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Filming has now begun on Ex Machina, Alex Garland’s latest feature. It stars Domhnall Gleeson as Caleb, a young coder at a large internet company winning a competition to spend a week in the company of the mysterious CEO of the corporation (played by Oscar Isaac). When he arrives, he discovers that it’s no ordinary holiday – he is part of an experiment in which he will be interacting with a robot girl (Alicia Vikander), the world’s first genuine artificial intelligence.

The film is described as a psychological thriller centred around a love triangle and given Garland’s past titles, such as 28 Days Later and Dredd, it’s bound to be worth watching.

Robots have been popular in the movies for a long time. Here’s a selection of some of the best robot movies.

I, Robot

Will Smith starred in I, Robot, a futuristic tale set in a world where robots are commonplace, bound by a set of unbreakable Three Laws of Robotics. It is inspired by a series of short stories by Isaac Asimov.

Smith plays Detective Del Spooner, a man who is suspicious of robots and believes that they have been allowed far too great a role in human daily life. His fears are realised when a top roboticist apparently commits suicide. Spooner believes otherwise and but his only murder suspect is a robot – meaning that it broke one of the laws supposed to ensure that robots are perfectly safe.

The film received mixed reviews, fans being critical of the fact that it wasn’t more faithful to Asimov’s writings. Nowhere does Asimov detail a robot uprising of the kind depicted in the film, although he hints at the possibility of robots taking over by manipulating the economy. However, as a summer blockbuster, it was a hit, having depth as well as being visually stunning.

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  • Angus

    How does a movie like The Day the Earth Stood Still get on this list when The Iron Giant, Wall-E, Transformers and Terminator 2 don’t?

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