As early as the 1980’s, Church of Satan founder Dr. Anton LaVey advocated the use of Artifical Human Companions, saying, “These humanoids will be constructed to be as realistic as possible, and available to anyone who can afford one. Recognizing that the human animal often raises himself up through the denigration of another, this would provide a safe outlet for such behavior. Have the lover of your dreams, regardless of your own prowess.” As we’ve seen through the real doll and now actual robots growing closer, he wasn’t far off. Now, we have a movie to add to the conversation.
2050 is all about a married video game developer who discovers the idea of androids for human companionship from his brother-in-law, who wants to give his up and try to win his ex-girlfriend back. Meanwhile, Superman himself, the man who took Brooke Shields’ virginity, Dean Cain plays Maxwell, the man who owns the warehouse with all of the amorous androids.
Can sex bots save a marriage? Will they destroy it? And what happens when the bots get their own personality and maybe even soul?
It all reminded me of the Image Comic Alex + Ada, which was more about the personalities of the robots becoming actual souls and the ethical questions of their slavery. That goes a bit further than this film, which is more concerned with the ways that relationships are changed by the introduction of a lover that’s exactly what you’ve always desired.
I kind of love that Dean Cain has been showing up to add star power to smaller films, like he did in The Incantation. I miss American stars turning up in Italian horror films, so this is pretty much the closest we’ll get.
Beginning on Valentine’s Day, 2050 started playing theatrically in New York City. Soon, it will head out on the road, with the cats and crew making appearances in Los Angeles, Houston, Nashville, and Baltimore. You can also catch it at select AMC theaters and soon on VOD.
NOTE: I was sent this movie by its PR team but that doesn’t have any bearing on this article.