There was a time, not that long ago, when people feared artificial intelligence would take over the world. But the days of worrying about the Matrix enslaving humanity are long gone. Now when it comes to AI, we’re mostly just worried some plagiarism software will steal our jobs. But there’s one place where artificial intelligence will always have an important role to play: science fiction. The idea of intelligent robots, whether good or evil, has always been way more fun in fiction than reality. And the full trailer for Netflix’s Atlas starring Jennifer Lopez shows why. She plays an astronaut who must rely on the very technology she hates if she has any chance of surviving a disastrous space mission.

Atlas‘ Trailer Sees J-Lo Become a Mecha Pilot Fighting Against a Simu Liu-shaped AI

We’re not saying a single fictional story nor the Atlas trailer alone can change the way we feel about artificial intelligence. We’re just saying if that AI robot doesn’t save Jennifer Lopez, we’re declaring war on the machines immediately. But what is is a government analyst doing on a distant world in the first place? She’s on “a quest to defeat her oldest enemy.” And that just so happens to be the artificial intelligence known as Harlan, “originally engineered to advance humanity, he instead nearly ended it.” And did we mention this AI comes in the form of Simu Liu?

Simu Liu as an evil AI in Netflix Atlas movie

Atlas‘ Netflix Synopsis

Here’s the film’s official synopsis from Netflix:

Atlas Shepherd, a brilliant but misanthropic data analyst with a deep distrust of artificial intelligence, joins a mission to capture a renegade robot with whom she shares a mysterious past. But when plans go awry, her only hope of saving the future of humanity from AI is to trust it.

Atlas comes from director Brad Peyton (San Andreas, Rampage) with a script from Leo Sardarian and Aron Eli Coleite. It also stars Simu Liu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), Sterling K. Brown (American Fiction), Gregory J. Cohan (Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty), Abraham Popoola (Andor), Lana Parrilla (The Lincoln Lawyer,) and Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Secret Service). 

What Is the Release Date for Jennifer Lopez’s Netflix Movie Atlas?


The film crash lands at Netflix on May 24. At least that’s what the humans at Netflix have told us.

Originally published on March 13, 2024.