I, Robot

Starring: Will Smith, James Cromwell, Bruce Greenwood

Directed by: Alex Proyas

Produced by: 20th Century Fox, Laurence Mark Productions, Davis Entertainment

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Genre: science fiction

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Review by Xibo Date seen: August 8, 2004
Viewing Location: Upper East Side, NYC Grade: B+
Summary: Very well done action pic with a few flaws.
Looking over the armies of robots, if you notice a similarity to the armies of orcs from LotR, that is because Weta Digital (New Zealand) did both. Yes, it looks like New Zealand finally has industry we're interested in... this movie is filled with special effects, CGI, stunts, puppetry, robots, miniatures... it must have cost a fortune to make this film! Was it worth it? Yeah, probably. I really enjoyed it, it was a lot of fun. Will Smith, action, how can you go wrong, right?

There were a few flaws though. The storyline was a bit weak, and didn't make a lot of sense at the end. It all seemed rather contrived. What were the evil robots' motivation? What was their goal? And with robots making robots, who needs humans anymore?

But that didn't bother me near as much as the wackiness of the sets. Supposedly, in a mere 31 years from now, we're going to have robots everywhere, Chicago will have dozens of new skyscrapers, cars will all run on autopilot, freeways will be 8-lane tunnels, and fossil fuels will be a thing of the past. Really, this sounds like something we'll never see in our lifetimes, more like 200 years in teh future... and finally, one highly symbolic set piece is a broken bridge. This is one tower of a suspension bridge over the now-dry Lake Michigan (huh?) and even though the rest of the bridge is missing (where it'd go? What bridge is this supposed to be anyway?), the roadway is still suspended! By, uh, magic I guess. I'd go and read the novels for a better explanation but I've heard the movie has very little to do with Asimov's novels, so, go figure.  

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