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I, Robot

A movie based on the book "I, Robot" featuring Will Smith.

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More than just that shower scene

  • Nov 19, 2008
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It takes a lot of guts to attempt to capture the essence of Asimov in a movie, and even more to cast Will Smith as the hero, Del Spooner - Robot Hater.

Will has "funny" imbedded in his programming (Fresh Prince; Men in Black; Wild Wild West et al), but that new body! It took me quite a while to get past that early shower scene, and the "back" button on the remote was overheating too.

He's sharp, he's smart, he's cool and he's buffed, but he's not your typical serious action hero material. Come to think of it, if Riddick and Neo were half this cool, "Chronicles of Riddick" and "Matrix Revolutions" would have done better at the box office.

As the story goes, Spooner is one of those typical movie-hero cops that lives just on the brink of getting fired or suspended for not following rules and for playing hunches. He's got a bad feeling about robots, and an even worse one about the next robotic generation that's about to roll out into the market.

Turns out that Spooner's had a bad experience with a robot that saved his life at the expense of a child, and he's not a fan of cold logic over emotion. Having been previously patched up like Steve Austin by the godfather of robotics, Dr. Lanning (James Cromwell), Spooner is called in to investigate the apparent suicide of the said doctor, and that's when things start to go very wrong.

Reluctantly assisted by Susan Calvin (Bridget Moynahan, formerly of "Sex & The City", "The Sum of All Fears" and "The Recruit"), Spooner battles mutant robots that don't follow the Robotic Three Commandments of not hurting people, and overcomes a little fear of heights to get them back in line, of course with maximum destruction, dismemberment, explosions, car and bike chases, slo-mo aerobatics and mountains of CGI.

Other than Spooner, the only other character to show believable emotion is Sonny the Robot (Alan Tudyk, animated like a flexible, much cooler C-3PO / Stormtrooper morph), but the two of them can sure carry a movie.

True Asimov it may not be, but pure entertainment it certainly is.

Amanda Richards

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Quick Tip by . October 19, 2010
I wondered how they'd make a movie out of this. They succeeded. It was definitely intriguing and exciting.
review by . November 14, 2008
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The movie `I, Robot' takes its cue from Asimov's collection of short stories by the same name. It is not based on any one of the stories from the collection, choosing instead of add a newer tale still firmly establishing itself in the premise of the book: The three Laws of Robotics.     The three laws are: 1) A robot may not injure a human being or through inaction allow a human being to come to harm. 2) A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders …
review by . July 02, 2006
Disassociate this movie from the book by Isaac Asimov. The movie contains the three laws of robotics, from Asimov's classic book, and the flaw in the three laws, but that's about all it borrows from the book. Nevertheless, it is a fun action flick with enough suspense to keep you interested to the very end.    Will Smith does a good job as the police officer with an ax to grind against robots and James Cromwell is always a pleasure to watch.    It's a good, …
review by . December 28, 2004
First of all, I haven't read Isaac Asimov's "I, Robot," so I don't have any basis on which to compare the book to the film. However, I have watched many science fiction flicks. I enjoy adventures such as the original "Star Wars" trilogy, action flicks like the recent "Resident Evil: Apocalypse," and the type of sci-fi that leaves you in a reflective mood, such as "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."     I expected "I, Robot" to lean towards the "Resident Evil" genre of sci-fi. …
review by . October 18, 2004
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After suffering through Will Smith's sleepwalk performance in MIB II, I was pleased by the energy level he brings to this fast paced fun movie. Smith lives in a world where robots are commonplace, serving humans (reminicent of the 4th Planet of the Apes movie) as nannies, butlers, and general servants. He is called to solve the murder of a scientist, who was his friend. The only possible suspect seems to be a robot. The only problem is that robots are subject to Isaac Asimov's 3 laws, meaning that …
review by . July 16, 2004
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Pros: Great FX and Smith.     Cons: Supporting characters are not very deep.     The Bottom Line: A classic Summer Movie that will entertain.     Tales of a dark and foreboding future where technology has run amuck have been cautioning viewers ever since Orwell made the phrase “Big Brother” a household expression. Other films such as �”, “Westworld”, “Blade Runner” and “The Terminator” often show …
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Starring Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Alan Tudyk, James Cromwell
Directed by Alex Proyas
Writer:  Jeff Vintar
Loosely based on the novel I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

Product Description
In the year 2035, technology and robots are a trusted part of everyday life. But that trust is broken when a scientist is found dead and a skeptical detective (Smith) believes that a robot is responsible. Bridget Moynahan co-stars in this high-tech action thriller that questions whether technology will ultimately lead to mankind's salvation . . . or annihilation.

I, Robot is a 2004 science fiction-action film. The film was directed by Alex Proyas and produced by John Davis, Topher Dow, Wyck Godfrey, Laurence Mark and Will Smith. The screenplay was penned by Jeff Vintar, Akiva Goldsman and Hillary Seitz and is loosely based on Isaac Asimov's short-story collection of the same name. Will Smith starred in the lead role of the film as Detective Del Spooner, who hates robots and dislikes their integration into daily human life. Other members of the cast include Bridget Moynahan, Bruce Greenwood, James Cromwell, Chi McBride, Alan Tudyk, and Shia LaBeouf. The film was released in United States on July 16, 2004 and on July 22, 2004 in Australia. The film was released in United Kingdom on August 6, 2004 and in other countries between July 2004 to October 2004.

The film earned US$144,801,023 inside the United States and US$202,433,893 outside United States. In total, the film earned ...

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