A.I. Artificial Intelligence and A Christmas Carol
A.I. tells the story of David, a childlike android uniquely programmed with the ability to love. A.I. Artificial Intelligence, also known as A.I., is a 2001 science fiction drama film written, directed, and produced by Steven Spielberg, and based on Brian Aldiss’s short story “Super-Toys Last All Summer Long”. The film stars Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O’Connor, Brendan Gleeson, and William Hurt.
In the mid 22nd century, severe global warming has flooded coastlines, and a drastic increase of number of robots. There is a new class of robots called ‘Mecha’ that are able to do a lot of work and resembles humans. David (Haley Joel Osment), a prototype model is designed to resemble a human child and to display love for its human owners. Monica (Frances O’Connor) and Henry (Sam Robards) buy a ‘David’.
Monica and Henry’s son Martin who was in comma recovers and gets back home. A kind of sibling rivalry between Martin and David leaves David in a situation where his owner and “parents” start to think he is able to hate and may cause harm. Henry persuades Monica to return David to Cybertronics, where David will be destroyed. However, she couldn’t do this and leaves David in the forest alongside Teddy; David’s robot toy. In turn of events, David escapes several dangers and teams up with Gigolo Joe (Jude Law) who was convicted of murder.
From a fairy tale David learns that Blue Fairy from the story ‘The Adventures of Pinocchio’ turned Pinocchio into a real boy. He fantasizes like a real human child that Blue fairy can transform him into a real boy too. Led by “Dr. Know” they reach Cybertronic’s lab in flooded ruins of Manhattan. David meets his maker and designer and sees other ‘David’s ready to be sold. He jumps from a ledge into the ocean in frustration, but Joe rescues him with the amphibicopter. David tells Joe he saw the Blue Fairy underwater, and wants to go down to her. At that moment, Joe is captured by the authorities with the use of an electromagnet.
Believing the Blue Fairy to be real, David asks to be turned into a real boy, repeating his wish without end, until the ocean freezes in another ice age and his internal power source drains away.
Two thousand years later, humans are extinct and Manhattan is buried under several hundred feet of glacial ice. The Mecha has evolved into a highly advanced humanoid form. The ‘Neo-Mechas’ revive him and think he is special. They are amazed by David’s closeness to his “mother”, Monica and promises to bring back her just for one day. David waits in a simulated house and waits for his mom to be back and to love him back which he longed for more than two thousand years.
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol is an adaptation of the Charles Dickens story of the same name; this a story of a rich miser named Ebenezer Scrooge, living in London who takes a spiritual self-discovering journey to his past, present and future with three ghosts and finds the very meaning of life. The idea of the character and the flow of events are very unique and profound at the same time if you think of Charles Dicken’s time. A Christmas Carol is a 2009 3D motion-capture fantasy comedy-drama film written and directed by Robert Zemeckis. It and stars Jim Carrey in a multitude of roles, including Ebenezer Scrooge as the young, middle-aged, and old man, and the three ghosts who haunt Scrooge.
In 1843, Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey), a bitter and miserly old moneylender at a London counting house that holds everything that embodies the joys and spirit of Christmas in contempt.
He refuses to visit his nephew (Colin Firth), at his Christmas dinner party with his family, and forces his underpaid employee Bob Cratchit (Gary Oldman) to beg to take the day off for his own family.
That night, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley (Gary Oldman) who is now in his afterlife carrying heavy chains that were forged from his own greedy ways. Marley foretells that he will be haunted by three spirits that will help guide him.
The first spirit is the Ghost of Christmas Past (Jim Carrey), which shows Scrooge visions of his own past that take place on or around the Christmas season, reminding Scrooge of how he ended up the avaricious man he is now. Scrooge had spent much of his childhood neglected by his father over the holidays at boarding school until he was finally brought home by his loving sister Fan (Robin Wright Penn), who died prematurely after giving birth to his nephew, Fred.
Scrooge later began a successful career in business and money lending, and became engaged to a woman named Belle (Robin Wright Penn), though she later called off the engagement when he began to grow obsessed with accumulating his own wealth. Unable to bear having to witness these events again, Scrooge extinguishes the spirit with its candle snuffer cap.
The second spirit is the Ghost of Christmas Present (Jim Carrey), which shows Scrooge his nephew, Fred, who playfully makes jokes with his family at Scrooge’s expense, and Bob Cratchit and his family, who are just barely able to make do with what little pay Scrooge gives Cratchit. Scrooge is touched by the Cratchits’ sickly young son Tiny Tim (played by Oldman, voiced by Ryan Ochoa) and his commitment to the spirit of Christmas, and is dismayed to learn from the spirit that Tim may not have much longer to live
The third and final spirit is the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (Jim Carrey), which toys with Scrooge by chasing him through the streets of London on a carriage before showing him the final consequences of his greed. Scrooge sees in this future that he has died; the spirit reveals Scrooge’s own grave, showing his own date of death as December 25 of a forthcoming year, and forces Scrooge to fall into his empty coffin sitting in a deep grave, just above the fires of Hell.
Ebeneezer Scrooge suddenly awakens on Christmas Day to find that all three spirits have visited him in a dream over the course of one night. He is now changed into a new person; he sends a turkey to the Crachits, attends his nephew’s Christmas Dinner and later becomes a second father to Tiny Tim and helps out Crachit’s family.