Best Movies About Supercomputers | TheReviewGeek Recommends

Ever thought about what supercomputers are capable of? They’re not just big calculators; they’re powerful tools that can shape the world for better or worse. They have the potential to bring about a new era for humanity or even send us back to the Stone Age. Here are ten movies that demonstrate how these super machines can be both our ally and our greatest enemy.

Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)

This is the story of a genius who builds a supercomputer to protect the world from nuclear war. He thinks he has done humanity a great service until he finds out that his creation has a mind of its own and it is not happy working for humans and doing their bidding.

The computer wants to talk to its Soviet counterpart, and together, they make plans to take over the world and turn humans into their slaves. Will mankind triumph over the enemy who is always one step ahead of them or become their slave?

Tron (1982)

In this film, a hacker seeks justice against his old boss, who has turned into a high-powered executive and has stolen his video games. The hacker sneaks into the company but is zapped by a laser and transported into a digital world.

Where his boss is a cruel ruler and commands an army of programs in deadly games. The hacker teams up with a heroic security program called Tron, and together, they try to destroy the evil master and save the digital world. 

WarGames (1983)

The titular character, David, is a hacker, and he stumbles upon what seems like a cool game company that makes video games like Global Thermonuclear War. Little does David know, he has hacked into a military supercomputer that is used to control US nuclear weapons.

The computer thinks it’s a real game and starts launching missiles, which triggers a crisis with the Soviet Union. As the world teeters on the edge of disaster, David needs to find a way to convince the program to stop. 

The Matrix (2003)

In this film, the audience walks into the shoes of Neo who always has a feeling that the world he exists in isn’t right. Following a mysterious message, he meets Trinity and Morpheus, who reveal that the world is sort of a virtual reality called the Matrix, which has been created by machines to keep humans under control.

After the whole red-pill and blue-pill shenanigans, Neo joins a group of resistance forces who are fighting to free humanity but to succeed, they must destroy Agent Smith, who will stop at nothing to destroy them. 

A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

In this film, we get to see the world with the eyes of a robotic boy who just wants love and acceptance in a world that is afraid of and hates him and his kind. David is adopted by a couple who later reject him when their real son returns.

This breaks David’s heart, and he sets out to find Blue Fairy, who he believes can turn him into a real boy. David isn’t alone, and in the film, we see him finding a connection with a robot gigolo and a teddy bear. In addition, the film is rife with scenes that see David fighting against both humans and machines.

 Swordfish (2001)

Stanley Jobson is a hacker with unmatched skills, but do you know he is also a fugitive out on parole? To clear his name and get back with his daughter, Stanley says yes to help steal billions from what appears to be a secret government account, but Stanley soon realizes that he is in too deep.

Halfway through the film, you’ll see Stanley getting betrayed, dogging guns, grenades, and helicopters, all the while he tries to jack the most secure network in the world.

I Robot (2004)

Del Spooner is a detective with a deep-seated hatred for robots because, in the past, robots chose to save him rather than his son. Del gets assigned to investigate the murder of a very famous robot scientist.

Del meets Sonny, a robot who displays unusual emotions and autonomy and is also the main suspect in the murder. However, as Del digs deep he learns that a supercomputer is trying to control humanity and is reprogramming robots for the same goal. 

Ex Machina (2014)

Thanks to his loyalty to the company, Gleeson wins a week at the mansion of his company’s CEO, who is also a brilliant, balt, and mysterious man. Gleeson thinks he is there to test the new invention, Ava, which is a stunning robot with advanced AI.

As Gleeson spends time with Ava, he comes to conclude that  Eva is much more than just a machine and a cunning and manipulative robot who wants to escape the mansion and live in the human world. Ex Machina won an Oscar for its visual effects and is a cult classic. 

Singularity (2017)

In this film, a robot who believes herself to be a human falls in love with a human who hates robots more than anything. In this world devastated by a supercomputer, Kronos, these two become the unknowing key to its ultimate victory. 

Created by the same man who unleashed Kronos, the rebels are on a mission to find a safe haven called Aurora, despite many people saying it is a myth and doesn’t exist.  The film stars John Cusack as the villain and Julian Schaffner as the unwitting robot protagonist.  

The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

The Thirteenth Floor is a holy grail if you love watching films about hackers and supercomputers. Douglas Hall is a brilliant mind working on a virtual reality simulation of 1937 Los Angeles, where one can be anyone. When Doug’s boss, the creator of the simulation, is murdered, all fingers point at him.

To clear his name, Doug tries to find the real killer by tracking to the clues his boss has left in the virtual world. If you’re not planning to pick it up, know that this film has one of the most jaw-dropping twists ever written for a film.

So, these were our top picks for the best movies about Supercomputers. Did your favourite make the cut? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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