When actor and director David Hewlett was 10, he was taken by his father to see Stanley Kubrick’s epic movie 2001 A Space Odyssey.
He remembers the movie in awe, thinking that it was unfair that the computer system HAL was being cast as the ‘bad guy’.
Hewlett said that even as a ten year old, he thought that it was extremely unfair that HAL was made the villain. Cosmonauts on a space voyage were trying to terminate HAL, but HAL fought back and won. This epic saga pushed him to write and direct Debug, which was released in 2015.
Hewlett loves anything to do with technology, outer space and science-fiction. In fact, he says that every time he purchases a movie, it is a sci fi one. However, he believes that there are not enough of them out there, which is what is pushing him to make more of the.
He says that the only releases that come out are generally massive budget ones which do not live up to the hype and expectations.
Hewlett said that Debug is about artificial intelligence battles for survival against six humans, a clear reference to 2001 and HAL.
In the movie, he intentionally made the characters anti-AI to try and drum up some support for IAM, the artificial intelligence in his movie. He said that many of the actors on the set felt animosity towards IAM and he tried to channel that into a real-life experience that is brought to the screen.
Debug is a great science-fiction movie in its own right, but it is also an attempt by Hewlett to try and tell Kubrick’s story from the other point of view – that of a persecuted and about to be murdered body of artificial intelligence. It’s a good one for any science-fiction lover.