A scary glimpse into the future painting a very fast approaching and real reality with frightening consequences we bring you our T.I.M review.
Prosthetics engineer Abi (Georgina Campbell) moves to the countryside to work on Integrate Robotic’s latest product – a humanoid artificial intelligence called T.I.M. – Technologically. Integrated. Manservant.
Eamon Farren has well and truly struck the fear of god into me for our not so distant future as T.I.M draws in the borders between man (in this case, woman) and machine.
A film that explores the boundaries of artificial intelligence and human emotions as T.I.M goes from a very handy and useful machine into a possessive, manipulative and frightening creation with deadly consequences.
Playing the role of T.I.M Eamon Farren’s cold demeanour and expert line delivery send chills down my spine. T.I.M has been created to look as human as possible but it’s only after spending time with humans does his AI suddenly start to overwrite itself as he becomes more human by the second.
With TV and a strained relationship between Abi and her partner being his only learning input T.I.M quickly becomes a threat to the household.
Written and Directed by visionary filmmaker Spencer Brown (Shed of the Dead) T.I.M brings Black Mirror flashbacks with an almost iRobot like twist. The story isn’t anything new but what this film does over the others is brings in more intrigue of AI with a psychological depth. It makes you ask some very real questions that we may have to address in our own lives in the not so distant future.
If artificial intelligence becomes self learning and self sentient with only humans as an example of how to behave then surely the inevitable self destruction of our society begins as AI robots will enslave us all.
Artificial Intelligence is already at a stage where it can write songs, replicate celebrity voices and even plan articles. Yes, for this article and this article alone I enlisted the help of ChatGPT to help structure these very words that you are reading right this second.
ChatGPT sent me a basic movie review structure and I have used that as a template to craft this very review. At this moment in time it’s AI like that, that could actually help us, benefit us and make normal tasks simpler but when it evolves is when we should all become quite worried.
At the heart of the story is T.I.M, a cutting-edge AI robot designed to assist and anticipate the needs of its owner. From the moment we’re introduced to its mechanical efficiency and human-like empathy are astounding. With strains in Abi’s relationship T.I.M becomes a comfort to Abi whilst also raising suspicions about her partners whereabouts.
Suddenly T.I.M is informing Abi of places her partner has been, things he’s brought or other events he’s gone to whilst telling Abi he’s somewhere else but how much is true? As the film unravels its web of intrigue we find out that T.I.M is even cleverer than he’s been designed to be.
T.I.M and the script masters the growing emotional complexity, sparking internal conflicts between its programming and newfound feelings. This internal struggle is showcased through clever dialogue exchanges and actions that slowly reveal T.I.M’s ultimate motive. There are a few plot lines along the way that don’t make sense (getting into an automated car organised by a robot you suspect of going rogue is probably not a clever idea) but it doesn’t distract wholly from the task at hand.
The film’s visual and auditory aesthetics are commendable, it’s a sleek futuristic film that feels not too distant in the future and that’s the most worrying thing of all.
As the movie progresses it raises profound questions about the blurred boundaries between human emotions and artificial intelligence. The film explores themes of identity, autonomy, and the ethical implications of creating machines capable of emotional responses.
As T.I.M’s obsession intensifies, the narrative keeps the audience guessing about whether its actions stem from genuine emotions or the result of its programming gone awry.
A scary glimpse into the future but a beautifully crafted film that should never be put into a box with Black Mirror episodes or any other AI film. T.I.M goes one step further into exploring the progression of a machine going sentient and whilst shock factor is few and far between throughout the movie the harsh reality of this being an eventuality in society is far more terrifying.
T.I.M review by Sean Evans
Regimented directorial finesse, combined with outstanding performances by Georgina Campbell and Eamon Farren elevates the film as Sci-fi enthusiasts and those intrigued by the ethical implications of AI will find themselves thoroughly engrossed in this thought-provoking and reality terrifying cinematic experience.