Top 10 Robot Uprising Movies

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Written by Nick Roffey

Science fiction movies have painted a rather grim portrait of our future, with robots and machines gaining intelligence and attacking us! WatchMojo presents the Top 10 Robot Uprising Movies! But what will take the top spot on our list? Will it be 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Matrix, or The Terminator? Watch to find out!

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Robots could one day be our downfall, but if it plays out like these movies it’ll be one helluva show. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 robot uprising movies.

For this list, we’re looking at films where robots rebel against humans. Because there aren’t a lot of movies that directly involve mass robot revolts, we’re also including lone rebels, artificial intelligence, and synthetic humanoids. Also, since we’ll be delving into key plot points, a spoiler alert is in order.

#10: “I, Robot” (2004)

In this science-fiction action movie about artificial intelligence, robots, and Will Smith’s love affair with Converse sneakers, a supercomputer dubbed VIKI seeks to enslave our species to protect us from ourselves. To this end, she wriggles her way through a loophole in the Three Laws of Robots intended to prevent robots from harming humans, and unleashes hordes of glowing, mannequin-like minions. Despite being inspired by Isaac Asimov’s robot fiction, the movie was more or less a straightforward blockbuster. But hey, there were some great special effects and action sequences for the time – plus, a mess-load of robots.

#9: “9” (2009)

Based on a short film of the same name, the movie “9” showed us that the only beings to survive the robot revolution will be tiny sack people with cute little steampunk goggles and big zippers. The story takes place after the extinction of mankind, but through flashbacks and exposition we see how a dictator’s intelligent Fabrication Machine created war machines that exterminated the people on earth. “9” was director Shane Acker’s first feature, and the story was on the simple side, but an outlandish premise, splendid visuals, and solid voice acting made it stand out.

#8: “WALL-E” (2008)

In Pixar’s “WALL-E,” humans are their own worst enemies, having turned the Earth into a toxic garbage dump. But it’s the robotic autopilot of the starliner transporting human survivors through space that serves as the movie’s principal antagonist. When AUTO mutinies against orders to return home, it takes the combined efforts of humans and robots to defeat him. Pixar’s environmental fable about consumerism, waste, and manmade catastrophe had a powerful message, and charming protagonists in WALL-E and EVE - a feat that’s particularly impressive given the fact that neither could say much more than their names.

#7: “Westworld” (1973)

Based on Michael Crichton’s novel of the same name, “Westworld” is about a theme park where the attractions turn on the guests. On paper, the resort – which is populated by lifelike androids – sounds like a good idea: delight the senses in a decadent Roman world, rescue a damsel in distress in Medieval World, or duel a gunslinger in the eponymous Westworld. But guess what? Something goes horribly wrong. The situation is made worse when the park’s supervisors shut off the power, allowing the raptors . . . err, sorry, we mean robots . . . to run completely amok. It was a visionary look at the future, and it lives on in HBO’s TV series of the same name.

#6: “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015)

It’s a classic tale: man creates a monster, only for the monster to turn on its maker. In “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the Victor Frankenstein of the story is Tony Stark, who designs the artificial intelligence Ultron. Unfortunately, Ultron’s solution to the ills that plague the Earth involves the extermination of the entire human race. To do this, he marshals an army of robots and uproots a fictional Eastern European city. As a sequel, “Age of Ultron” was arguably overstuffed, but a fun superhero romp with action, humor, and special effects galore.

#5: “ex_machina” (2015)

Subtle, suspenseful, and believable, “ex_machina” messes with our minds at every turn. This independent science fiction flick from Alex Garland explores the potential pitfalls of creating an android with an intelligence far more advanced than our own. When a programmer is invited by his boss to test Ava, a humanoid robot, the employee soon figures out that she also has her own agenda. “ex_machina” is a tense, thought-provoking thriller with outstanding performances. What’s more, Garland’s script rightly received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Plus, it also has some pretty great dancing.

#4: “Blade Runner” (1982)
In Ridley Scott’s neo-noir sci-fi classic, a group of bioengineered slaves goes rogue and returns to Earth seeking to extend their four-year lifespans. Only a particularly surly Harrison Ford can hope to stop them, in a plot that loosely follows Philip K. Dick’s novel, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” The replicants in Blade Runner are not really robots, although the opening crawl calls them the product of “robot evolution,” but neither are they completely human. Let’s call them biorobotic androids. Studio executives almost ruined the movie, insisting on a cheesy voiceover and Hollywood ending, but Scott’s director’s cuts set the record straight, and helped cement the film as a cult classic.

#3: “The Matrix” (1999)

When Neo chooses the red pill, he wakes up to discover he’s a human battery for robots that have taken over the world. But it wasn’t always like this. As we learn in the “Animatrix,” once upon a time, man and machines lived in harmony, until mistreatment prompted robots to rise up against their masters. With this sci-fi action flick, the Wachowskis’ took an intriguing premise - what if the real world is an illusion? - and combined it with groundbreaking special effects and fight scenes to left an indelible mark in modern cinema.

#2: “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)

Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece is easily one of the most acclaimed, influential, and perplexing films ever made. But prior to the existential and enigmatic ending, the movie is largely a straightforward tale of man vs. machine. During a mission to Jupiter, the ship’s computer, HAL 9000, suddenly malfunctions. According to Arthur C. Clarke’s novel, written concurrently, HAL faces a maddening contradiction: he is designed to relay accurate information to the crew, but directed to conceal their mission objective. Solution: kill the crew. Canadian actor Douglas Rain’s creepily calm voice gives HAL a sinister menace that continues to chill viewers.

#1: “The Terminator” (1984)

When we think robot uprisings, many of us immediately think of James Cameron’s iconic action film, starring muscle-bound Arnold Schwarzenegger in the title role. As time traveling soldier Kyle Reese explains between car chases and shoot outs; in the future, Skynet – an artificial intelligence designed for military purposes – will become self-aware and trigger a nuclear holocaust. In the ultimate technological dystopian nightmare, Skynet will then build killer robots to finish off humankind. Featuring fast-paced action and classic Arnie, this definitive killer robot movie would go on to birth a long-running franchise, featuring Arnold’s most memorable one-liners.
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