Review: The Creator

We have seen The Creator, where people wage war against intelligent robots.

The director of Rogue One, British Gareth Edwards, is back with his science fiction adventure — here is our review of The Creator.


The Creator is about humanity being at war with intelligent robots after Los Angeles was attacked with a nuclear bomb. The only area still allowing robots in society is Asia, where the American military is now searching for the robots' new super weapon — which turns out to be a small robot child.

 The Creator

There are explosions aplenty in The Creator.

The main character Joshua goes against his orders and decides to save the child, in hopes that her knowledge can lead him to his lost wife. But the clock is ticking, as the American military stops at nothing to eradicate the robots from the surface of the Earth once and for all.


In the lead roles, we see Madeleine Yuna Voyles as the AI child Alphie and John David Washington as her protector Joshua. In supporting roles, we have Gemma Chan as Joshua's wife Maya, Ken Watanabe as her father Harun, and Allison Janney as Colonel Howell, who is pursuing them.

 Gemma Chan

Gemma Chan in The Creator.

The little girl Madeleine Yuna Voyles proves to be an impressively talented child actor, and the supporting roles hold their own even though the dialogue feels forced at times. However, we have an issue with John David Washington, and that is that he is not a skilled enough actor to carry a lead role in this manner — he simply falls short, and his performance feels unnatural.


The film takes place largely in Asia, and we are treated to an abundance of beautiful landscapes and stunning scenes. The cinematographer Oren Soffer makes his big-screen debut with filming The Creator, and it certainly looks like a true blockbuster. Many scenes are shot during sunset, nighttime, or sunrise — they make the most of the views in Thailand.

Something that the average viewer may not care about too much is the detail that the film was entirely shot on a Sony consumer camera, an #objectrf2750# and not a professional film camera. It's quite impressive, but it doesn't add any bonus points to the film.


German Hans Zimmer is one of the world's most renowned film composers with a wealth of classical music pieces under his belt, but in this film, he seems to have taken a backseat. While there are a few beautiful moments in the film's music, it is mostly quiet and understated. Not quite the type of film music one would expect when seeing the name on the poster.


The Creator is a unique film in that it does not belong to any franchise and is not based on any other material or series. This makes it feel like a breath of fresh air and something to appreciate for the sake of it. Additionally, it is a low-budget film that looks much more expensive than it is, which is an achievement in itself.

 Robot Soldier in The Creator

A robot soldier in The Creator.

Unfortunately, it also feels like an underdeveloped concept at the same time, where more should have been delved into regarding the war between humans and AI; there should be more substance beneath the surface, but there isn't. In the end, the film mostly feels like a spectacle with far too many war scenes, which honestly becomes tedious towards the end.

The good

  •   A unique concept with interesting ideas

The Bad

  •   The film lacks depth in exploring the questions it raises about consciousness and AI


The Creator gets the score 6 out of 10.


The Creator is a breath of fresh air in Hollywood, but despite its interesting concept, it doesn't bring much new to the table. It is well-made, beautifully filmed, and occasionally emotional, but it falls short in some aspects.

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Grace Charlton


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