Asian culture and context in general or Southeast Asia in particular are increasingly receiving attention from Hollywood filmmakers. After the success of Crazy Rich Asians (2018), Raya and the Last Dragon (2021), Turning Red (2022) or Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Creator (Vietnamese title: The Creator) is the next film to exploit the elements come from this land. In which, Vietnam plays no small role.
As revealed by director Gareth Edwards, The Creator film crew came to Vietnam to film rice fields, terraced fields and admire the beautiful limestone cliffs in Ha Long Bay.
The beautiful rice fields, terraced fields and limestone cliffs in Ha Long Bay appear in the blockbuster The Creator.
In addition to Vietnam, the production crew also visited 80 locations in 7 other countries, including Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, Japan, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and the United States to achieve maximum authenticity. for the work. The filmmakers tried to visually imagine what those places would be like in 30 or 40 years when AI emerges as a formidable force, and recreate that on screen.
The production crew traveled more than 10,000 miles to 80 different locations in 8 countries, including Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal, Japan, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and the United States
Regarding the inspiration for building the post-apocalyptic world caused by the conflict between humanity and AI in The Creator, director Gareth Edwards said he drew on material from the classic Vietnam War film Apocalypse Now. Francis Ford Coppola and Joseph Campbell’s novel The Hero with a Thousand Faces to complete this ambitious film.
Launched at a sensitive time when AI is exploding strongly and is becoming a controversial topic between creative and artistic circles and technology companies. The Creator painted a gray picture of the future when AI has developed to its peak and directly threatens the survival of humanity.
The Creator painted a gray picture of the future when AI has developed to its peak and directly threatens the survival of humanity.
While Western governments choose to ban AI, many Asian countries unite and develop to the point where robots are no different from humans and have their own equal rights. This leads to another conflict between two opposing views between America and Asia.
The main character of The Creator is Joshua (John David Washington) – an American soldier operating secretly in Asia. He is separated from his wife Maya (Gemma Chan) during an attack. Thinking she was dead, Joshua returned to America and had a mental breakdown. But five years later, he was asked by the military to return because he learned that AI had created a weapon that could turn the tide of the war. Joshua was ordered to destroy the weapon and was told that Maya was still alive.
After success with Tenet, actor John David Washington continues to take on a challenging role in The Creator
Asian star Gemma Chan plays Maya – the wife of main character Joshua (John David Washington)
The soldier also discovered that this weapon was a 6-year-old girl named Alphie (Madeleine Yuna Voyles). From here, Joshua begins to question AI, humanity or the boundary between right and wrong. With the main context taking place in Asia, the film brings together many familiar actors such as Ken Watanabe, Gemma Chan, Ngo Thanh Van…
Ngo Thanh Van promises to bring an interesting character in the film
The Creator promises not only a brutal battle, filled with action and explosions, but also a contemplative nature, bringing multi-dimensional, objective and fair perspectives on the existence of artificial intelligence.
The relationship between robots and humans is a never-ending theme in cinema. 6 years ago, Blade Runner 2049 with its profound contemplations about the difference between humans and clones was registered in the ranks of classic works. Will The Creator be able to follow in his predecessor’s footsteps this time?
The Creator was released in theaters on September 29.