a question by Sep 7, 2011
As someone that read all of Isaac Asimov's robot books, I was appalled by the movie "I Robot" starring Will Smith. Did anyone else respond with disgust to the twisting of Asimov's ideas?
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answered:    September 07, 2011
I liked both. You have to remember that Asimov's work was a collection of magazine articles from the 1940's and 50's put together to make a book. The makers of the movies kept the concepts in place of the original (the three laws) and the moral problems that could be caused by robots literally always following the three laws and the evolution to the zero law. They just updated the tale and used a current action film star in Smith who helped breathe excitement into Men in Black and Independence Day. The Robin Williams film Bicentennial Man was an excellent adaptation of one of Asimov's tales. Other authors have expanded on Asimov's original books quite well - the Robot City series comes to mind. Robert J. Sawyer has some great books that seem to take the moral issues of robots even further (Mindscan comes to mind).
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answered:    September 21, 2011
It's essentially an overproduced aggregation of sci-fi and action cliches assembled to advertise Converse, FedEx, JVC, Audi and so much else. However, it is of some use, being a near-complete exhibition of clumsy filmic stylism, bloated production trends and hackneyed screenwriting endemic of the wretched aughts. In retrospect, prospective filmmakers will have this, the films of Bay, Emmerich, Ratner, Wachowskis, etc. as a means to learn how not to make a film. What's more, it's a keen example of just how low a filmmaker can sink when the best ideas that he invested in a flawed yet intriguing pet project were recycled into a far more popular and derivative picture.

Never mind that most of Asimov's core themes were jettisoned and his narrative turned on its head to produce another dumb spectacle. One D. Lynch has famously referred to product placement as "total fucking bullshit," which perfectly describes this travesty.
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answered:    September 07, 2011
I've read many of them too: Foundation Trilogy, End of Eternity, I, Robot, Caves of Steel, etc., etc. I thought the adaptation was pretty well done. As Michael said, the film industry did pretty well with Bicentennial Man, which I thought a superior film to I, Robot. If you want to complain of a BAD adaptation, check out the film version of Asimov's short story, see the horrible film version of "Night Fall." Ugh!
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