Here are some of our favorite Must-See Robot movies. We love the robots, the action, and especially the idea that robots can have personalities and even feelings (oh no!). Are these mechanical beings your friends or your enemies? Please comment below and let us know which are your most favorite robot movies . . .
What happens when you cross the beloved robot cartoon series of the 80's with $150 million of Hollywood magic? Giant metal aliens with more moving parts than you can shake a stick at. And you thought solving a Rubik's Cube was complicated. The two warring factions of robots from the planet Cybertron have found themselves on Earth; the Decepticons showing little regard towards human life while the Autobots try their best to protect us at all costs.
Let's be honest. We build robots to be better than humans at just about everything. But in a future where robots can think for themselves, and have become as common as basic household appliances, how do you keep them from becoming the masters and making humans the slaves? I, Robot is great because it explores how our mechanical counterparts could break free from their apathetic programming and learn to choose right from wrong.
If there's one movie that makes us hopeful for an amiable relationship with robots in the future, it's WALL-E. WALL-E was left to clean up the Earth after humans trashed it and left for a luxury cruise aboard a Starline spaceship. After meeting a reconnaissance robot named Eve, they both return to the spaceship to notify the captain that the Earth is safe to live on again. Some of the funnier aspects of human life in the movie may hit a little too close to home for some. We're reminded that robots can be a huge help to us, but sometimes also too much help.
One of the most overlooked uses of robotics in Robocop is that he was kept alive after receiving injuries that meant certain death. Definitely something we will see in the near future! It's one of the coolest things about the Robocop movies. He also had a machine pistol that came out of his leg, used a jet pack, and destroyed armored robots that were five times his size, if you're into that kind of thing… (we sure are).
In the future, the computer network Skynet is in an all-out war to destroy humans. Assuming it's easier to kill one person than an entire army of resistance fighters, Skynet sends a robot terminator back in time to kill the mother of the resistance's leader… before she has even given birth to him. Then additional terminators in the sequels are sent to kill the resistance leader himself while still a boy. Robots with a lot of personality sure are cool; but sometimes emotionless, unstoppable, killing machines from the future are even cooler. And of course, Arnold looks pretty good in sunglasses.
The Jedi and Sith get most of the love in Star Wars, but here at Super Cool Robots, we're all about the robots in the films. From helpful service droids, like R2D2 and C3PO, to the imperial walkers and Trade Federation battle droids, there is a galaxy filled with unique machines. Heck, even Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader had bionic body parts.
Rather than having robots become self-aware and taking over the world, this movie has competitors giving commands to their robots by remote control or by mimicking the movements. If Rockem Sockem Robots were 8 feet tall and Robot Fighting was a national pastime, then it would hardly be a stretch to make this movie a reality.
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When legions of monstrous creatures known as Kaiju rise from the sea, a war begins that will take millions of lives. Massive robots called Jaegers are created, but even these are proving nearly defenseless. This movie is not so much a story, but an experience; long on special effects and imagination.