(ESP-ENG) Jung E, exploring the limits of artificial intelligence!
Hello friends, good vibes to all.
When I decided to watch this movie I did so knowing that I am not at all a fan of Korean cinema, be it films or series, in fact the only thing I have seen is the overly popular Squid Games and because apparently it was a must see. After that series I haven't really watched anything else until Jung E, but what changed? - Nothing really, just that this story I found out that it touched a bit on the subject of AI and as it is what is fashionable these days because of all that GPT Chat and the images produced based on that technology, I wanted to give it a try. The Koreans without making much noise I feel that they can be at a very similar level to the big American producers, this film may be another proof.
This is a story that explores the many paths that can be developed with artificial intelligence and if you ask me I honestly think that what is seen in this film may be the future in the medium to long term, I think there are many people working on this, the same people of Elon Musk, Neuralink and many others that will be under the table yet. It is a film where we will see the limits, how far it is feasible to go, where is that dividing line between what is human and what is not, how much can a machine or a robot be humanized. These are questions that I would say can already be answered and in these first world Asian countries there are already robots that serve people, so we are not so far away. But well, let's talk a little about this Korean bet that came to Netflix.
This story is set on a post-apocalyptic planet Earth around the year 2130 where climate change did its thing and made it impossible to live on it, it became a totally uninhabitable place. All this made people move to shelters to survive but what they did not count on is that in several of these places would start a civil war for the simple control of weapons, supplies, etc. endangering the little stability that already exists. It is here when Jung-E (Kim Hyun-joo), a war veteran and a great leader of the allied forces, appears to undergo a scientific/futuristic procedure which consists in the cloning of her brain to convert it into data and thus create an army of machines based on the data of this woman.
The plot starts from the moment when apparently this robot that is programmed to perform simulations in order to optimize its operation begins to act not according to expectations. Could it be that it remembers something, could there be traces of what its life was like in those combat machines, and if so, can this robot be considered a person, could there be feelings towards it? All this is a bit the argument of the film, is to seek to understand how much good this technology can do but to what extent it is morally correct what can be done with it. Because yes, the human ambition I think is unlimited and that we have a tool like this in our hands can be a deadly weapon; I have always said it, we as a race are the only ones capable of destroying ourselves, it sounds very dramatic and catastrophic but that's how it is.
This film has a clear strong point and it is that as science fiction is very good, Koreans in that world are very well positioned and despite not being a frequent consumer I can say that the productions that are within that genre all stand out. Without being an expert on the subject or much less but I get the feeling that a large percentage of this film was made with the well-known CGI animation, or what is the same as computer generated images which makes it even more impressive. The truth is that all the scenes look of a superior quality, the action scenes are amazing, very well done, fluid to the point that in several passages you get the feeling that they were real people behind it all. As I said, the film is worth seeing for this aspect, it is incredibly realistic.
What is it? - Well, as good Korean "cinema" the drama is an important part of its plot, in fact, I would dare to say that this is the predominant genre beyond the action or even adventure. I say this because the real context, the most important in this plot is precisely a family drama, all this conflict that is generated between what is artificial intelligence as such and the human is given by an unresolved family relationship in the past and that ultimately what will cause is a kind of major existential crisis between what is right and wrong. I'm not going to say I enjoyed it but it wasn't terrible either, it's something you can watch without problems. For me it lacked a little more action, had they done that and the film, for me, would have been very outstanding but as it was not the case it fell a little short.
Don't get confused, despite being mostly a drama the movie is not boring, at least not to me, it is entertaining and as it is a little short it is watched pretty fast. The characters were pretty good, if there is something Korean actors have is that they like to be very expressive in their interpretations so the drama, pain, anger, sadness or joy take it to another level. Kang Soo-Yeon, the leading actress who died shortly after the filming ended, is the scientific leader of the mission and her role is very important in the plot, she is the one who injects the corresponding drama because she is the key piece of this existential conflict that I mentioned before. Her performance was very average, it was good, but not over the top.
And on the other hand we have Kim Hyun-joo who is the other side of the coin, she is in charge of giving life to that soldier with special skills that stands out with her action scenes. The little that was seen of her convinced me a lot, good manobras, hand to hand combat, for that you need a certain skill and she clearly has it. In general terms the acting was not bad, but there are many characteristic elements of this Korean cinema that I'm not really hooked, so it's not the movie, it's me.
I have to give it a 6.5/10 because for me there was more drama than expected, I thought it would take another direction but it was not. The film is not bad, I highly recommend it for its Sci-fi settings, good level of action and that at the end the story itself hooks you to the point that you get to empathize a bit and put yourself in the shoes of those involved. It's on Netflix and lasts about an hour and a half. I leave the trailer for you to take a look.
¡Un abrazo a todos, nos vemos en la próxima!
Well my people that's all for today, I hope you liked it.
¡A hug to all of you, see you next time!
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A few days ago Megan's movie came out, to see another AI movie would be great, since they have many themes that are very exciting and interesting, apparently this one is Korean, it must be good since these Korean actors do their roles very well and everything is practically perfect.
Personally I'm not a fan of Korean cinema but yes, in this case both actresses were decent in their performances. I haven't seen Megan yet but the AI seems to be taking more and more ground even though movies have been made of it for a while.
Interesante trama distópica cuyo mayor peso creo que es el saber que en condiciones similares eso ocurriría. Es decir, más allá de tener miedo de que los humanos podamos actuar así en esas circunstancias, creo que sabemos que lo haríamos. Nuestra ambición (como especie, como colectividad) ha marcado nuestro destino durante siglos. Se ve interesante la propuesta y aunque no te haya gustado mucho te invito a descubrir otras historias coreanas, quizás en otros géneros cinematográficos porque la verdad es que hacen muy buen cine.
Saludos y muchas gracias por leerme.