The Artifice Girl

Director: Franklin Ritch
Year Released: 2022
Rating: 2.0

Contemplating the possibilities of artificial intelligence in three parts: for the first section, "asexual" Gareth (Ritch) gets grilled by Federal Agents Deena (Sinda Nichols) and Amos (David Girard) about a program he's working on named Cherry (Tatum Matthews) that he uses to catch pedophiles online, in the second (which takes place fifteen years later) the same trio discuss if they should go through with a corporate merger and in the last part, wheelchair-bound Gareth (Lance Henriksen) lives with Cherry, who's been turned into an actual cyborg ... and is miserable but just wants to dance.  There is some insightful commentary in here regarding the ethics of using A.I. to lure predators and what happens when advanced programs can create "art" ... although it's done in a stagy and didactic manner, like a Master's Thesis 'converted' into a feature film.  The beginning could have used judicious trimming - there's a lot of redundancy - but the component with Henriksen is very interesting in a cold and futuristic way: what does happen in a post-human world?  Will our creations resent us for making them?