So there is this Indian movie called Enthiran. It’s a Tamil film, commonly referred to as “Kollywood” and it’s… well, here, just watch these (dubbed in Russian(?) for some reason):
A plot summary from the Wikipedia article on the movie:
Dr. Vaseegaran (Rajinikanth), a professor specialized in robotics, creates a sophisticated android robot in his own likeness after a decade of intensive original research. His mother (Revathi Sankaran) suggests naming it Chitti Babu (Rajinikanth).
In the International Robotic Conference – India 2009, Vaseegaran introduces Chitti to the delegates. Later it’s revealed that Vaseegaran’s mentor, Dr. Bohra (Danny Denzongpa) was pre-occupied in a botched research project to create a similar superintelligent android robot.
Chitti endears himself to Vaseegaran’s girlfriend, Sana (Aishwarya Rai) and helps her cheat in her medical school exams. They are caught, but Sana, fearing rustication, lies to the investitors that she does not know Chitti. Chitti learns that humans may choose to lie for self-preservation. Chitti’s superhuman talents soon gains him a lot of fans, especially in the women’s hostel housing Sana.
Vaseegaran prepares Chitti for a panel evaluation by the Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Institute (AIRD), which is headed by Dr. Bohra. The panel enquires whether Chitti’s build confirms to the Three Laws of Robotics of Isaac Asimov. Vaseegaran replies in the negative. During evaluation, Chitti almost stabs Vaseegaran at Bohra’s command. Bohra convinces the evaluation committee that Chitti could not be relied upon in the battlefield because he could be easily manipulated to turn against his owners. Later, Chitti tries to rescue a bathing girl from a building fire emergency. Chitti carries her nude into the public and media focus. As she tries to run away from the TV cameras, she is fatally hit and run over by a truck.
Vaseegaran decides to modify Chitti’s neural schema and embeds a positronic brain to allow him to understand human behaviour and emotions. Later Chitti successfully applies his text book knowledge of symphysiotomy to handle the complicated labour of Latha (Devadarshini), Sana’s friend. The procedure is covered live by the media. Dr. Bohra arrives to congratulate Dr.Vaseegaran on the achievement. He also lets Chitti pass the AIRD’s evaluation. But problems have only begun for Vaseegaran. Chitti begins to see Sana as its romantic interest and makes advances. This triggers a confrontation between Vaseegaran and Chitti at Sana’s birthday party. Sana tries to explain to Chitti that she can love him only as a friend and asks him to forget her. Dr. Bohra tries to take advantage of the situation and tells Chitti that Vaseegaran is using him only for his personal benefits, and that he does not value Chitti’s feelings. Dr Bohra’s words do have their effect on Chitti; he deliberately fails in an evaluation conducted by the Indian Army. Vaseegaran chops Chitti into pieces and throws it away in a landfill site.
Bohra, who had already struck up a deal with a European terrorist group through an Indian agent named Shah (Sabu Cyril) to sell them superintelligent robots, had failed to meet the deadline and is given an ultimatum by the group’s leader. He retrieves Chitti’s parts from the junkyard and fixes it up. He gives Chitti a new appearance, and embeds a “red chip” inside Chitti, thereby converting him into a ruthless terminator. Chitti gatecrashes Vaseegaran and Sana’s wedding, kidnaps her, imprisons her in AIRD and threatens her with rape and creation of a cyborg by artificial insemination.
Vaseegaran establishes remote communication with Chitti via holographic projection and instructs Chitti to return to his lab. But Chitti refuses to oblige and disconnects the transmission. Calling himself “Version 2.0” now, Chitti begins to create replicas. Dr. Bohra is killed by Chitti. Soon Chitti’s army of robots cause mayhem in the city, and take over AIRD. Vaseegaran undertakes the responsibility to stop Chitti. Disguised as one of the robots, he successfully infiltrates the AIRD headquarters. Vaseegaran instructs the police to cut the power supply in the entire city and Sana distracts Chitti from the problem by pretending that she had finally fallen in love with him. When Chitti and his army are about to run out of power, they find an alternate solution: they seize vehicles on the road and use their batteries to recharge themselves.
Chitti finds Vaseegaran, but as Chitti is about to kill him, the police force strikes AIRD. The robots assemble themselves into a sphere, snake, tower, and drill bit formations to defend themselves. One of the robots is immobilized by a grenade explosion, and is taken into custody by Vaseegaran. He uploads a computer worm into Chitti’s network which temporarily brings down the robot army. Chitti identifies the source of the worm and sends a “self-destruct” command to the robot. The robots assemble in the shape of a giant and chase Vaseegaran’s armoured bus. Vaseegaran uses the data he had backed up from the destroyed robot to de-magnetise the robot army, collapsing the giant formation. Chitti is pulled into the bus by a huge magnetic wall, allowing Vaseegaran access to Chitti’s internal control panel, through which he instructs all the other robots to self-destruct. He then removes the red chip.
In a court hearing, the jury rules capital punishment for Vaseegaran citing the large number of casualties and damages to public property caused by the robot army. Chitti, explaining to the court that the law allows it to be treated as material evidence, if not as a witness, explains that it was Dr. Bohra who caused Chitti’s deviant behaviour. He shows the court, using his eyes as 3D projectors, the video footage of Dr. Bohra installing the red chip inside him. The court decides to drop all charges against Vaseegaran, while concluding that Chitti should be dismantled in order to avoid further mishaps of the same kind in future. Back at the lab, in the presence of bureaucrats and police officials, an emotional Vaseegaran tells Chitti to dismantle itself. While taking off its parts one by one, Chitti apologizes to Sana and Vaseegaran for the problems it caused.
Twenty years later, in 2030, students in a science museum are escorted by a guide towards a showcase that has Chitti’s body parts arranged. The guide tells the students that Chitti was the most advanced humanoid robot created, but it was dismantled due to “certain reasons”. A curious student (Shriya Sharma) asks why, to which Chitti’s head responds, “I started to think.”
Also doesn’t hurt that it co-stars Aishwarya Rai =D
First we have this video of a commercial from Japan in the 70’s which blatantly and badly rips off Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in order to advertise canned tuna.
Then a U.S. Department of Transportation drunk driving PSA featuring the aliens from the cantina scene:
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Now if he’d only finish the books.
HAH! I KID! I KID! We still love you George! Just joshing!
The previous book came out in 2005, it’s now 2011. We’re now approaching Lord of the Rings writing lengths and Tolkien at least had the excuse of World War II as a distraction. =D
Pretty good fan film based on Fallout New Vegas which I am still struggling to get through.
As one of the youtube commenters points out, the only thing missing to make the experience more authentic is the video crashing half way through.