| I, Robot (2004) |
I Robot is firstly a Will Smith film, an action film and lastly, a science fiction film. Isaac Asimov (the author of the book "I Robot") was a scientist, so he wrote each story to make people think. But you won't be busting any brain cells watching "I Robot" the movie.
We have seen this plot countless times. Robots become too smart and run amuck. A muscled man of action must stop them and save us all. The Terminator, 2001 a Space Odyssey, and several Star Trek episodes have covered this ground already.
Another minus is that we have to see Smith nude at the beginning. That's when a straight guy sees the downside of wide screen, high definition TV and the fast forward button is your only friend.
But if you are cool with all of that, it's time to sit back and enjoy.
It's the year 2035 (and the technology is much further advanced than it could possibly be by that time). Robots are everywhere and they are perfectly safe because of the three laws, which put human safety above all other considerations.
The body of top robot scientist is discovered in the lobby of US Robotics Inc. A cop, one of the few humans who still distrusts robots, is assigned to the case. Was it suicide? Will Smith plays the cop who must unravel the mystery. What follows are some nice action scenes including a very good car chase/fight scene.
Usually, the robots get the best lines. My favourite was delivered after an evil robot lands on Will's car, while it is racing through a tunnel. The evil robot says "You are experiencing a car accident". Of course Will says "Like hell I am".
This is a bit of an oddball film in that the man turns out to be right and the woman is wrong. It's good to see that now and then. Hollywood is not always politically correct.
Yeah, it's a pretty cool flick. It's not very clever, but not totally stupid either - just a bit of futuristic, action entertainment.
- Reviewed by: Paul G.
Rated: PG13 in USA, 15 in UK, PG in Canada due to violence and having to see Will Smith nude.
Duration: 1 hour, 55 minutes