So, let’s talk about Netflix’s TAU.
I’ve read it compared to Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey’s HAL, but instead of Douglas Rain’s, it’s Gary Oldman’s, which’s just as unsettling, and instead being in space, the setting’s in Alex’s (Ed Skrein), a computer scientist’s home.
OK, you might say, “J, it’s the same story, just a change in geography.”
Not really, where I’d consider 2001 a straight up psychological horror, TAU’s that with a healthy dose of Kubrick’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence in that once TAU learns Maika Monroe’s Julia’s, who’s held captive in Alex’s home for the express reason to feed her neural info into TAU, names, as opposed to Subject 3, and she capitalizes on a glitch in TAU’s system to make TAU think he’s human; thereby, making him turn on Alex to score her freedom…hopefully. It ain't that easy.
Like A.I. before it, TAU raises the question: if we are going to make computers to act like humans, how far do we go? If an AI gets to where it can learn on its own, how long is it until it surpasses its “owner?” When we give the AI simulated feelings, what do we do with a machine that’s pissed, but stronger than us?
I believe it was Steven Spielberg on James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction, who said we shouldn’t give an AI feelings, but if an AI’s always learning, who’s to stop it from learning those traits and acting accordingly? Obviously, it’s NOT a fine science.
If you liked A.I., Ex Machina, Her, or even I, Robot, check out TAU…after all, it’s Gary Oldman, one of the most versatile actors out there.
Be good to each other.