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By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Entertaining sci-fi robot tale has lots of violence, peril.

Movie NR 2023 99 minutes
Jung_E movie poster: Korean robot woman center from waist up with eyes closed has human face and shoulders, robotic parts below shoulders

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The action and fight scenes are top-notch, choreographed beautifully, and easy to follow. But the tricky ethical problems that Jung_E explores are really what's on display and worth thinking about. Once the story moves past its initial setup, the possible ethical issues involving making robots based on human brains begin to echo upon falling on the diegetic floor. Many viewers will appreciate the lack of hand-holding, as nothing is directly spelled out or explained (like, for instance, a character in exposition stating, "well, what are the consequences of modeling robots after actual human brains? When they first wake up, they think they're still human, and then when they realize they are being duplicated in the hundreds and lose all sense of individuality..." and so on).

Some of what happens also must be figured out or deduced. For instance, some viewers might not be aware of some Korean social etiquette customs in "the workplace" that might affect how they understand particular scenes. Further, some viewers might not understand why the reactions of some characters aren't more aggressive or reactionary, this actually having to do with Korean culture and not those characters particularly. Nevertheless, some viewers might also leave feeling like they wanted more from this somewhat light dive into the murky waters of robot and artificial intelligence ethicality.

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