I, Robot (2004)
I, Robot is a futuristic sci-fi movie set in the year 2035 where mankind has allowed working human-sized robots to help carry out daily tasks. These robots must follow 3 laws; they can’t harm a human, they can’t harm themselves and they must follow any order a human gives, as long as it doesn’t interfere with the first 2 laws. Officer Spooner (Will Smith), haunted by a past experience with a robot, does not trust nor like the growing need for the robots and wears his dislike on his sleeve. When a long time friend of Spooner, Dr. Lansing (James Cromwell) kills himself, Spooner isn’t so quick to chalk it up to a suicide when he finds a lone robot in Lansing’s office who doesn’t abide by the 3 laws.
I, Robot is well rounded in areas you wouldn’t expect a sci-fi thriller to have. Will Smith adds heart and charm to Officer Spooner that allows the audience to understand why he hates the robots so much. The animation with the robots is smooth and not out of place. They fit well into the real world similar to what Roger Rabbit did in the 80’s. I, Robot isn’t the best sci-fi movie I’ve seen, but all the pieces work together and the emotional feel it provides offers more genres than someone might expect. Co-starring Bridget Moynahan, Chi McBride, Shia LaBeouf, and Bruce Greenwood.
8/10 Stars – Could have turned it up a notch, but all in all, it’s an entertaining movie.
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