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I, Robot (2004)

  Directed by: Alex Proyas
Written by: Isaac Asimov, Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Vintar
Starring: Bridget Moynahan, Will Smith, Alan Tudyk
Links: I, Robot on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack, Buy the Book
Genre: Sci-Fi

This movie gets: 6.00 (1 rating)
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"In the year 2035..." - a review by pearly

It's man versus machine in this sci-fi adventure starring Will Smith. It's 2035, and robots are becoming commonplace. On the downside, hey're taking over people's jobs, leaving many without a job, but on the plus side, they help people out with everyday things, and humans can be lazier than ever before.

Spooner (Smith) is a cop with a wary attitude towards robots. He knows the three laws (robots can't harm humans, they must obey orders unless this conflicts with the first law, they must protect their own existence unless this conflicts with the first two laws), but he's still sure that one day, the robots will be more trouble than they're worth. Unfortunately, this day will come sooner than he thinks.

The U.S. Robotics corporation is about to roll out their brand new model: the NS5. But when Dr Lanning (James Cromwell) dies just prior to the launch, Spooner suspects that the robots have something to do with his death, and he must try to convince others of this before the robots devour us all! (hopefully not literally).

I, Robot is a fairly stupid name for a not so stupid film. As far as action blockbusters / sci fis go, it's quite enjoyable, but possibly only if you're slightly nerdy (like me). The acting, story, and so on are all fine, but nothing spectacular. The special effects are pretty good, if you're into that sort of thing. I'm not, really, but I did notice that the close-ups on the robots were fairly impressive (more so than the distance shots of the hordes of robots, I thought). The story is a little too fantastical for my liking, but for a bit of fun, I didn't mind it at all.

I also thought that some of the "futuristic" references were done very well, and having these as little tidbits throughout the course of the film added some interest along the way. My favourite was the first one, in which Spooner pulls some Converse out of the box, and they turn out to be "vintage 2004" style. This point was perhaps a little laboured, but an interesting observation on fashion nonetheless. Save those shoes: they'll be fashionable again if you just wait long enough.

pearly gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 28 Feb 2005

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Reader comments

  1. Dude's Shut iup and get better review from canada! not us! MoFo's

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Darryl on Tue 25 Oct 2005 07:48 #

  2. oh and pearly F*** your self! you nerd! nerd! NERD!

    A comment from some one on Tue 25 Oct 2005 08:04 #

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