Science fiction films about the wars between man and machines are practically ancient in the genre.
You can see the seeds of these sorts of stories in films as far back as Metropolis (1927) nearly a century ago, and the opening scene of director Gareth Edwards’ (director of the 2014 Godzilla and Rogue One: A Star War Story) The Creator serves as a reminder of that long history. A montage of an alternate history where the advancement of artificial intelligence rapidly accelerates sets the groundwork for the film’s world.
The Creator is at war with its influences for its entire runtime as it can never quite escape the shadow of Isaac Asimov novels, cyberpunk classics, and a myriad of anime films and shows (Akira in particular). It never exceeds those influences in terms of storytelling, but it nearly matches all of them in terms of visual precision.