- 1 hr 47 min
Creator is a 1985 film directed by Ivan Passer and written by Jeremy Leven. It stars Peter O'Toole, Mariel Hemingway, and Vincent Spano. Set in the late 1980s, the movie revolves around the life of Dr. Harry Wolper (Peter O'Toole), a gifted but eccentric scientist who is obsessed with creating life from scratch. The movie begins with Wolper's creation of an artificial life form, a human-like organism he has named 'Elizabeth' (Virginia Madsen). She is his masterpiece, and he hopes that she will help him win the Nobel Prize. However, Wolper's funding is cut, and he is forced to dismantle Elizabeth. One day, Wolper receives a phone call from his former student, Boris Lafkin (Vincent Spano), who tells him that he is now a wealthy businessman and wishes to fund his research. Wolper sees this as a chance to create something new, and he decides to make a human being from scratch. To carry out his plan, Wolper needs an egg donor to create a human embryo. He finds Mary Shelley (Mariel Hemingway), a beautiful young woman who needs the money and agrees to help him. Shelley becomes pregnant with the embryo created by Wolper, but he soon realizes that this is not what he wants. He wants a child that is truly his own, not just a genetic clone. As Shelley's pregnancy progresses, the relationship between the scientist and the donor grows increasingly complicated. Wolper becomes emotionally attached to Shelley and starts to have feelings for her, which she reciprocates. However, their relationship is complicated by Wolper's obsession with his creation and his past failures. Boris Lafkin, who has invested heavily in Wolper's research, becomes concerned as the situation spirals out of control. He sends his henchmen to investigate and take control of the project. The movie addresses themes of love, mortality, and what it means to be human. It explores the idea of playing God and the consequences of scientific experimentation. It also touches on the concept of artificial intelligence and the ethical issues that arise when creating sentient beings. The performances of the cast in Creator are outstanding. Peter O'Toole, as always, delivers a captivating portrayal of a scientist, whose passion for his work becomes his downfall. Mariel Hemingway is relatable as Shelley, a struggling young woman who needs the money but becomes attached to the creature she has helped create. Vincent Spano delivers a compelling performance as Boris Lafkin, a man who is torn between his loyalty to Wolper and his concern for the safety of his investment. The cinematography in Creator is stunning, particularly in the scenes that depict Wolper's laboratory. The set design and special effects used to create the creatures are impressive, and the score by Sylvester Levay adds to the overall atmosphere of the movie. In conclusion, Creator is a thought-provoking movie that raises many philosophical questions about life and death. It showcases the talents of its cast and director and leaves the audience with much to ponder. With its exploration of the human condition, Creator still resonates with audiences today.