This clip featuring Michael Fassbender as a robot is much more than it seems.


You might think this compelling clip – produced like a commercial for the most advanced, realistic robot we’ve ever seen – is promoting a movie that is solely about androids of the future. And while that is part of Ridley Scott’s upcoming Aliens prequel, “Prometheus,” it is just a small part of the epic blockbuster coming out this summer.

In the first clip below, Fassbender is introduced as David, a synthetic human from the Weyland Institute. He can talk, behave and even emote like a real person, but is mostly about efficiency and taking on jobs that ordinary ‘real’ humans can’t – or don’t want- to do. (In our image based society, I always imagine we would design all of our robots to look 25 years old, as we currently seem to, but that’s another story.) Fassbender really nails the ‘almost human’ like qualities we’ve come to enjoy from androids that look real but lack a little emotion.

But Prometheus will reach far beyond the production of robots, as you will see in the second clip below, and as evidenced by the film’s description: A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race..

In addition to Fassbender, the movie also stars Guy Pearce and Charlize Theron.

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