Think about if a Nationwide Lampoon Trip film ended with Clark Griswold and his household having to avoid wasting the world from a fleet of autonomous robots developed by an Amazon-like firm. That’s primarily what Sony Footage’ Linked is.
Produced by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse administrators Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Linked tells the story of a household making their means to a school throughout the nation the place their eldest daughter will attend. It’s an emotional affair, particularly for her father who’s coming to phrases along with his daughter rising up and transferring out. The whole lot’s going easily for the fashionable household — which means everyone seems to be on their cellphone or pill at any given time — till they see an announcement for a brand new line of autonomous helper robots. Then all the things goes to hell.
Linked isn’t shying away from the potential horrors of dwelling in an ever-connected world. The corporate that makes the dreaded autonomous robots, PAL, appears to be based mostly on Amazon. The logos are eerily related. Very similar to Pixar’s Wall-E, Linked is leaning onerous into the world folks exist in in the present day, addressing the problems that may come up from counting on autonomous know-how.
Now, Linked is way from the primary film to look at what might go fallacious if autonomous bots immediately grew to become harmful killing machines. Iron Man 2 famously delved into the identical concept after Justin Hammer determined to attempt to outdo Tony Stark’s Iron Man designs along with his personal fleet of machines. There isn’t a Justin Hammer in Linked, but when we mess around with the logic — contemplating that Justin Hammer ordered the machine designs in Iron Man 2, and a faux-Amazon is accountable for the machines in Linked — one might argue Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is the Justin Hammer of this universe.
I’m not saying I’m arguing it, simply that one might.