Bioethics at the Box Office: Emerging Technology Edition


CBHD often receives requests from educators and other individuals for popular resources that engage bioethics through various media (fiction, film, and television). In this edition, we offer a recap of materials relevant to emerging technology that have premiered on the silver screen or television. Readers are cautioned that the films represent a wide variety of genres and may not be appropriate for all audiences. The reason for the rating classification is provided where available. Viewers are encouraged to read annotations/synopses available through such websites as or If there is a film you think we missed, email us at


Emerging Technology

  • Artificial Intelligence (2001, PG-13 for some sexual content and violent images)
  • Avatar (2009, PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015, PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments)
  • Babylon A.D. (2008, PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, language and some sexuality)
  • Bicentennial Man (1999, PG for language and some sexual content)
  • Chappie (2015, R for violence, language, and brief nudity)
  • Elysium (2013, R for strong bloody violence and language throughout)
  • Ex Machina (2015, R for graphic nudity, language, sexual references, and some violence)
  • Gamer (2009, R for frenetic sequences of strong brutal violence throughout, sexual content, nudity, and language)
  • Her (2013, R for language, sexual content, and brief graphic nudity)
  • Inception (2010, PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout)
  • Maze Runner (2014, PG-13 for thematic elements and intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, including some disturbing images)
  • Real Steel (2011, PG-13 for some violence, intense action and brief language)
  • Repo Men (2010, R for strong bloody violence, grisly images, language, and some sexuality/nudity)
  • Robot & Frank (2012, PG-13 for some language)
  • Surrogates (2009, PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, language, sexuality, and a drug-related scene)
  • Terminator Genisys (2015, PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and gunplay throughout, partial nudity and brief strong language)
  • Terminator Salvation (2010, PG-13 for language and intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action)
  • Transcendence (2014, PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, some bloody images, brief strong language and sensuality)
  • Tron Legacy (2010, PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and brief mild language)
  • Ultraviolet (2006, PG-13 for sequences of violent action throughout, partial nudity, and language)  



Updated December 2016