The next couple of weeks see the UK Blu-ray and DVD release of Chappie, Writer/Director Neill Blomkamp’s third movie which sees the titular law enforcement robot going on a journey of self discovery.
After being damaged in the line of duty, Chappie is uploaded with a state of the art AI program by his designer, before being kidnapped by a gang of criminals. Whilst in their custody, Chappie’s new consciousness tries to make sense of the world around it, whilst succumbing to the same pitfalls as the humans around him.
Chappie is the latest in a long line of movie robots, with many different designs being used to tell various different stories over the years. Here are ten of the best cinematic robots.
10. Huey and Dewey (Silent Running)
Douglas Trumbull’s 1972 science fiction classic brought Huey and Dewey to the screen, and changed the way robots were depicted on the big screen forever.
When Bruce Dern’s Freeman Lowell is ordered to destroy the intergalactic greenhouse he calls home, he goes on a murderous rampage in an attempt to keep the botanical starship intact.
Worker robots Huey and Dewey are his only companions. Huey and Dewey are versatile, mixing gardening skills with medical craft and many other useful skills, all using just one telescopic arm. Huey and Dewey are non-anthropomorphised, with no discernible face or features.
They still, however, manage to radiate charm and personality, making them far more sympathetic than their human co-star.