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Computer avatar saves the world from self-replicating microscopic robots.

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Ramona
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Himself
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Himself
Alan M. Dershowitz ...
Himself
Lillian Askew ...
Samantha
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The Marine
Matt Silverman ...
Capt. Smith
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Joel
Rod Loomis ...
Justice Collins
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Dr. Carlton
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Turing Test Judge #2
Ples Griffin ...
Turing Test Judge #3
Joan Mankin ...
Turing Test Judge #1
Cully Fredricksen ...
Agent #5
Golden Henning ...
Granny
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The brilliant inventor Ray Kurzweil creates a computer avatar named Ramona (Pauley Perrette). He raises her like a modern-day Pinocchio, and she gradually acquires consciousness. Ramona detects a secret attempt by microscopic robots to destroy the world, but her warnings are ignored by everyone because she is not recognized as a person. Her computerized nature lets her stop the robot attack but lands her in trouble with the law. Written by Anonymous

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20 July 2012 (USA)  »

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Somewhat Corny Docudrama
23 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

Ray Kurzweil's theories are fascinating, but it is hard to explain them in a movie, as this offering demonstrates.

This film is a sort of docudrama, with an "A-line" of people being interviewed and a "B-Line" intended to add a dramatic element that tells of a virtual personality called Ramona who is becoming more and more human-like as the film progresses.

Unfortunately, the B-line is somewhat corny and fails to do justice to the concept. Ramona has this strange, pixie-like companion that accompanies her throughout the movie, apparently in an effort to make the film more appealing to children. Instead, it just comes across as somewhat silly and condescending. Some of the acting is wooden, and motivational speaker Tony Robbins is wedged into the film for little reason other than to take up time.

The Turing Test scene misrepresents the Turing Test, which is supposed to determine whether a computer can think like a human. However, long before this point arrives, Ramona acts and talks in a very human-like fashion. So what is the point of the test?

Finally, the author's ego expands to fill the whole movie at the end when we learn from Ramona in the climactic scene that "It's all about Ray," which is apparently to say that Kurzweil is what gives everything in the entire film meaning and purpose.

This film raises some fascinating and important issues and I suppose the storyline is intended to make it more palatable to a wider range of people, but I wouldn't expect great drama when watching this film.


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