Humanity vs Machine

Dublin Core

Title

Humanity vs Machine

Subject

Exploration of Man v Machine narratives within 80s movies

Description

The increase in state-of-the-art consumer-grade technology entering the market gave some filmmakers the inspiration to appeal to the Luddites of old. The shot above is from "Superman III"(1983) which features an evil corporate computer that turns people into androids as the main villain. The movie "War Games"(1983) portrays a high schooler trying to prevent the outbreak of a third world war after hacking into a military supercomputer under the assumption that it was a harmless game. Additionally, "Robocop"(1987) echos cyberpunk themes in its depiction of monitored cybernetics.  
Less literal adaptations of the motif exist in other famous movies of the 80s, such as "Predator"(1987), in which a group of soldiers faces off against an ultra-technological alien hunter. Similarly to the blockbuster "Die Hard"(1988), the main protagonists are masculine figures who often rely on their MacGyver-esque(Also iconic 80s show in 1985) conventions than rely on newer technology.

Creator

Warner Bros. Pictures

Source

Superman lll superman destroys the computer hd. (n.d.). Retrieved May 20, 2007, from https://makeagif.com/gif/superman-lll-superman-destroys-the-computer-hd-trUanE

Publisher

Date

05/20/2017

Collection

Citation

Warner Bros. Pictures, “Humanity vs Machine,” Technology of the 1980s, accessed November 26, 2022, https://1980stechexploration.omeka.net/items/show/32.