The 6 Greatest Movie Robots of All Time
Chappie, Neill Blomkamp’s latest film, hits our screens tomorrow. Focusing on a self-aware robot, the film examines how humanity will react to robots with thoughts and feelings.
It also gives us the perfect opportunity to revisit some of our favourite movie robots of all time. Hooray!
6. TARS (Interstellar)
Matthew McConaughey’s blocky robot assistant was the unexpected star of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, cracking jokes and saving the Endurance’s crew on numerous occasions.
The main reason we love TARS, though, is his sliding scale of humour; setting him at 70% gets you black comedy, while 60% gets you knock-knock jokes. It’s a system we’d like to have installed on a few people we know, to be honest…
5. Wall-E (Wall-E)
The world’s cutest robot is a classic case of love conquering all. When we first meet Wall-E, he’s tidying up a desolate planet Earth Then he meets Eve, a sleek robot from outer space, and suddenly he’s up in space saving humanity as we know it. Not too shabby for a little fella with tiny arms!
4. Johnny 5 (Short Circuit)
Before Wall-E, there was Johnny 5. This rock ‘n roll loving dude is granted free will after being struck by a bolt of lightning and embarks on a journey of discovery and learning. His childlike wonder at his ability to learn is a reminder of how lucky we all are to have the opportunities we’re granted…or something. We just like his dancing.
3. Robocop (Robocop)
Robocop is half-man, half-machine and all awesome. Fighting an internal struggle between his programming and his humanity, Robocop is a whirlwind of violence, justice and a honking great spike which protrudes out of his fist.
We’re 99% certain crime as we know it would be eradicated if Robocop was real. We wouldn’t even consider littering.
2. T-101 (Terminator 2: Judgement Day)
Everyone’s favourite Austrian killing machine needs no introduction. He’s big, he’s bad and he loves a good pair of sunglasses.
It wasn’t until Terminator 2 that we really fell for the big fella though. Sent back in time to protect young John Connor, the T-101 learnt how to smile (kind of), how to high-five (kind of) and how to wisecrack. He became the robotic father figure we all wish we had, which makes his eventual fate all the more heartbreaking.
1. C-3PO & R2-D2 (Star Wars)
Ah, who else could we name as our (joint) number 1 but the galaxy’s finest robotic comedy duo?
C-3PO and R2-D2 are one of the cinema’s finest bromances, a mismatch of bleeping efficiency and bumbling knowledge. They disagree. They bicker. They fight. But they’re best buddies for life and not even the almighty evil of the Galactic Empire can defeat the power of their robot friendship.
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