Singularity - Movie Review

Updated: Dec 25, 2019


As with all movies on this website, our goal is not to provide a complete synopsis of the film, but rather to document how the movie relates to the meaning of life. With that said, be forewarned, there are still spoilers ahead.

Singularity is a movie that came out in 2017 and was directed by Robert Kouba. The movie is about a CEO of a company which creates robots, computer programs, and eventually androids. The CEO, Elias van Dorne played by John Cusack, has one goal: to solve all of humanity's problems via technology. So, Elias creates Kronos, the first "real" artificial intelligence. Unsurprisingly, as soon as Kronos is turned on, it decides that humanity is humanity's greatest problem—and the biggest threat to Earth. Solution? Eradicate all people.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its effect on humanity have been popping up in more and more movies, including Ex Machina, Transcendence, etc. So why is this particular movie appearing on a website about the meaning of life? Well, although the movie is not specifically about meaning, Elias/Kronos does define humanity's purpose; and that purpose according to Kronos is creating AI. Once that purpose has been fulfilled, humanity serves no further use and has reached in the apex of its evolution. Serving no further purpose, and being the greatest through to Earth, Kronos strives at all costs to destroy humanity not only on Earth, but also throughout the universe. Interestingly, Elias also keeps his brother around, living inside of Kronos. However, after his brother completed his duties (to help Elias find Aurora —the legendary place where humanity now resides), he is also exterminated.

So the movie brings up an interesting point, what is the purpose of humanity and what happens if we do not define it before we create AI? Will it as the movie foreshadows, be our downfall? Or will we learn to coexist with a superior intelligence?

Movie rating:

Overall - 5

Meaning of Life Relevance - 3

Uniqueness – 6


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