On Making Your Dead Wife a Robot

Stacy Martin in Archive. (Vertical Entertainment)
The cerebral sci-fi film Archive has an intriguing hook.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I magine the line where advanced robotics meets advanced artificial intelligence and you’re picturing a being that might be indistinguishable from a human. Now picture an actual human’s memory and experience, being loaded into the machine. It could even be the mind of a dead person. Maybe even your dead wife.

Archive (just released on VOD) isn’t the first time this idea has come to the screen, but it makes for a reasonably compelling, if chilly, sci-fi tale in the mold of 2015’s Ex Machina. Thirty years in the future, in a remote wilderness suggesting the Pacific Northwest (though it’s actually Japan),

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