Despite being a fairly short series, Devs has been very successful. But its eight episodes may have been little to you, so we’ve compiled some similarly themed movies that you can find on your favorite streaming services.
There are some series that arouse a lot of interest before their premiere and become a real success as soon as the first episode comes out. This is the case of Devs, the new science fiction series from HBO .
Devs has come from the hand of director Alex Garland, who already had experience in other science fiction and dystopian productions . The miniseries ended a few days ago, and continues to receive positive reviews from critics and audiences.
And it is not for less, because it has developed a plot of the most interesting . It mixes intrigue, technology company conspiracies and spy plots with technology that goes beyond what human beings are capable of fully understanding.
It also opens an interesting debate in the series on free will itself, and makes the protagonists face the question of whether everything that happens in their lives is predetermined and therefore cannot change, or if their future remains in their hands. .
Nor does it leave behind criticism of large technology companies that abuse the great power they have in their hands. Industrial espionage and unscrupulousness play a major role throughout the plot.
Index of contents
- Ex Machina
- Minority Report
- Blade Runner
- Blade Runner 2049
- I robot
- The island
- AI Artificial Intelligence
It is a series that is definitely worth it and has hooked many. But if you have already seen it in its entirety, the eight episodes that this series has may have known little to you and you may have been wanting more.
Luckily for you, there are plenty of movies that deal with similar themes , or have points in common with the Devs plot. As innovative as the series is, it is part of a series of genres that have long been explored on the small and big screen.
So in case you were left wanting, we have compiled several films similar to Devs that you can find in different streaming services. They are a perfect option to occupy free time if you are interested in fiction with that theme.
As we said before, the director of Devs already had experience in other projects that unify advanced technology, ethics and science fiction, and the movie Ex Machina is probably the best example of this .
When it comes to the plot, Ex Machina and Devs have quite a bit in common, especially in the essential aspects of the plot. Caleb (Domnhall Gleeson) , a BlueBook company programmer, wins a contest for his company that allows him to meet the CEO of the company, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac) , and spend a week with him.
Once he arrives at his boss’ isolated mansion, he finds that the visit is more than just a week of vacation. Nathan has been working on an artificial intelligence project, and he wants Caleb to help him test his android .
Caleb meets the android in question, Ava (Alicia Vikander), and during different sessions performs tests of the Turing test , designed to check if the intelligence of the android is equivalent and indistinguishable to that of a human being.
But strange things begin to happen both during the sessions with Ava and in their daily life at home. Caleb realizes that Nathan is hiding something , and that behind his artificial intelligence project there is something much darker.
- Release year: 2015
- Length: 1h 48min
- IMDb Score: 7.7 / 10
- Where to see: Movistar +
Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, this Steven Spielberg film has become a science fiction classic. History is set in the near future, in which technology has become a fundamental tool in the fight against crime .
The Washington police have a department called PreCrime. Thanks to technology and people with psychic powers known as precognitive, PreCrime can know who is going to commit a crime before it occurs , and all the details of the crime in question.
Thanks to PreCrime, Captain John Anderton (Tom Cruise) and his companions have been able to arrest numerous potential criminals before they could carry out the predicted crime. The program is so successful that the US Government decides to implement it in the rest of the country .
To check how the program works, the Justice Department sends Agent Danny Witwer (Colin Farrell). But during the demo, precognitives predict that Anderton will kill a man he doesn’t even know in less than two days.
Shocked by the prediction and without even knowing the reasons why he would kill a man he does not know, Anderton runs away, suspecting that Witwer might have manipulated the images .
But the conspiracy goes far beyond what he imagines . The technology used to enable precognitive people to use their powers, and the ethics behind it all, are called into question as Anderton discovers the truth.
We continue with films based on literary works, specifically in a novel by Philip K. Dick , and in this case we are going to one of the quintessential science fiction classics.
If we think of movies that question the relationship between technology and the human being , in addition to the unscrupulousness of some technology companies, Blade Runner is one of the best examples.
The film story directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford takes place in Los Angeles in 2019. But the world is very different from the one we know. Thanks to technological advances, androids called replicants have been created that are totally indistinguishable from humans, at least at first glance.
Replicants basically function as slaves, and due to a riot, their use is illegal on Earth. To ensure that no free rounds among the humans, agents called blade runners are in charge of chasing the rebel androids and removing them (that is, killing them).
The protagonist of the story is Rick Deckard, a blade runner who is assigned the mission of chasing four replicants who have infiltrated Earth after escaping colonies off the planet.
Their work is inherently risky, but these replicators, who are of a very advanced model, will make it even more difficult for them. In addition Deckard soon discovers that the differences between androids and humans are less and less , which will make him question the nature of his mission.
- Release year: 1982
- Length: 1h 58min
- IMDb Score: 8.1 / 10
- Where to watch: Netflix
Blade Runner 2049
Almost four decades after the premiere of the original Blade Runner hit Blade Runner 2049 theaters, directed by Denis Villeneuve. Harrison Ford reprises his role as Deckard, but the protagonist of this sequel is K (Ryan Gosling) , a replicant who works for the Los Angeles police as Blade Runner.
The rules regarding replicants have changed slightly on Earth, allowing K to be a police officer. But most replicants are still slaves , even though it seemed clear decades earlier that they are not so different from humans.
Over the years, some replicants have managed to escape authority and have formed a resistance group, the Replicating Freedom Movement , which seeks freedom and equality for androids. K is in charge of investigating and locating the replicants that belong to this group.
But during one of his investigations, he discovers the remains of a replicant hidden next to the home of a rebel replicant. Upon autopsy of the body, it is determined that the replicant died while undergoing a cesarean section .
In theory, it is not possible for the replicants to go through a pregnancy, and the possibility of the information coming to light is too dangerous. AK is ordered to destroy all evidence of pregnancy and find the replicant’s child to eliminate him .
Disturbed by the information and mission assigned to him, K faces the possibility that nothing he knows is what he thinks , and that even his identity is a lie.
- Release year: 2017
- Length: 2h 32min
- IMDb Score: 8.0 / 10
- Where to watch: Prime Video
This film is set in a future in which humans live with androids who act as servants in different jobs and in daily life. These robots have become part of the lives of all people , becoming practically indispensable.
In theory, all androids are subject to rules known as the Three Laws of Robotics (if you read science fiction, you may know them from the works of the author Isaac Asimov).
Basically, those laws compel robots to protect humans, follow human orders (as long as that doesn’t mean harming other humans), and protect themselves (as long as that doesn’t interfere with the previous two rules).
This should prevent robots from causing any harm to people . But as he investigates the death of the founding scientist at the leading robotics company, Detective Del Spooner (played by Will Smith) realizes that a robot could be guilty of the murder.
In itself, this is already a considerable problem. Thanks to robot programming, none should be able to break the Laws of Robotics, but something seems to have gone wrong .
Detective Spooner has to find out if a robot is really responsible for the death of a human , and if the sabotage in the programming is a person thing or if the robots are evolving in a dangerous way.
- Release year: 2004
- Length: 1h 55min
- IMDb Score: 7.1 / 10
- Where to see: Movistar +
Sometimes technology is used to save people from catastrophes, but other times what seems like help is actually a hoax . The island, starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson, shows precisely one of these cases.
Lincoln and Jordan live with hundreds of people in a completely isolated compound from the outside . The enclosure is located on an island, and everyone who lives inside is subject to very strict regulations. Supposedly for your safety, as far as you know, the outside world is uninhabitable.
But Lincoln does not quite live well in such strict circumstances, and occasionally makes escapes to areas of the compound where he is prohibited from entering. It is in one of these escapes that he discovers evidence that what they have been told from the outside is not necessarily true .
It is not only a lie that the rest of the world is uninhabitable, but that the whole life of those who live within the enclosure is a great lie. The reality is that the inhabitants of the enclosure are clones of people living in other parts of the world, and have been created for the benefit of the original humans .
The main purpose of most clones is to become involuntary organ donors to the wealthy people from whom their DNA comes. And even those who have not been created for it do not have a much longer life expectancy.
Aware that his life and Jordan’s are at stake, Lincoln decides to escape with her to try to save himself . And together they decide to devise a plan to reveal to the world what is being done inside that closed enclosure, in the hope of also saving the other clones.
- Release year: 2005
- Length: 2h 16min
- IMDb Score: 6.8 / 10
- Where to watch: Prime Video
AI Artificial Intelligence
Technology is sometimes not used in the most ethical ways, and that’s just the case at AI Artificial Intelligence. In a world devastated by climate change, in which the population has been drastically reduced , humanity coexists with robots called meccas.
These robots have a human appearance, and they think very complexly, but they are not capable of feeling. They help people by doing labor, but they also become the main company of many people .
As the technology of these androids advances, a company creates a mecca with the appearance of a child who is capable of feeling love . This android, named David, is handed over to Monica and Henry, parents whose son is in a coma due to illness.
The situation is strange at first. Monica is not comfortable around David as she cannot help but see him as a poor substitute for her sick son. But the more time they spend together, the more aware she is that David displays feelings and behaviors equal to those of a human child .
The relationship between them becomes closer. But the situation quickly gets complicated, especially when she is aware that David’s creators see it as a simple disposable machine . The few differences between human and artificial life pose a series of moral problems that are not easy to face.
- Release year: 2001
- Length: 2h 26min
- IMDb Score: 7.2 / 10
- Where to see: HBO