There are various movies out there which stories revolve around robots. One of the most popular is I, Robot. It is a 2004 sci-fi action film directed by Alex Proyas. It is from a screen story by Vintar, which was based on his screenplay called Hardwired, and also suggested by the 1950 short-story collection of Isaac Asimov with the same name. I, Robot was released in the United States on July 16, 2004, and starred by Will Smith, Bruce Greenwood, Bridget Moynahan, James Cromwell, Bruce Greenwood, Alan Tudyk, and Chi McBride.
The movie was produced with a budget of $120 million, and it grossed $346 million worldwide. It was able to receive mixed reviews from critics. It was highly praised for its visual effects and acting, but its plot was criticized.
What is I, Robot About?
I, Robot is set in the year 2035, where robots are an important part of people’s daily lives. On the eve of the launch of a new and advanced order of robot technology, the scientist that was responsible for its development was found dead, and the cause was presumably a suicide. With this, Police Detective Del Spooner, which was played by Will Smith, is asked to investigate.
Spooner admits to an ongoing prejudgment against robots, and he believes that the scientist was murdered. He was suspicious, and these suspicions were strengthened when he confronted a traitor robot called Sunny, who appeared to have broken the accepted robot code. Later on, Spooner became a target himself as he pursues his theory against the will of the police establishment and in disobedience of U.S. Robotics, which is a corporate giant. As he gets closer to the truth, the war between man and the machine becomes foreseeable.
I, Robot Movie Review
Overall, we can say that I, Robot is one of the best movies about robots out there. While it lacks the thematic richness and imaginative allusiveness of other robot movies, it does present an enthralling look at the appeal of developing and using intelligent machines. It revolves around the question, “Can human beings and robots attain rewarding interdependent relationships?” or “Could robots stop people from doing more harm to the world and to themselves?” Will Smith was able to carry this sci-fi thriller movie as a substantial rebel with a basis who marches to his own secret drummer.
I, Robot also has a lot of great special effects, imaginative settings, destruction, suspense, and the requisite mayhem. Director Alex Proyas and his team were able to make an entertaining action movie about good versus evil, using the basic laws for robot behavior, which are based on Isaac Asimov’s stories. These laws are: 1) a robot should not harm a human or allow one to be harmed; 2) a robot should obey instructions from humans less those instructions that conflict with the law; and 3) a robot should protect itself unless doing so conflicts with the first and second laws.
However, very little attention has been paid to wit or originality. There was also less attention paid to the quality of some key performances. Some characters are one-note wonders, and others seem more robotic than the automated colleagues in the movie with whom they interact. We can say that I, Robot is a very entertaining movie, but not quite that memorable.
Is I, Robot a Good Family Movie to Watch?
I, Robot is a wonderful movie to watch with the whole family. However, parents need to know that it shows violent attacks, which are mostly directed at robots, which are often crushed, exploded, dismembered, shot at, and destroyed. It also shows scenes where humans are in danger, involving a dead scientist with blood on the ground, and as well as repeated flashbacks of a young girl trapped and drowning in a car.
This movie also involves mild swearing. There’s also one scene where Will Smith is seen in the shower naked from the back. But it is perhaps in comparison to the human physical ideal with the robotic form. Aside from that, product placement in this movie is also frequent and obvious.
But with this movie, families can talk a lot of things about technology. Bring out your theories about what the filmmakers are trying to say about the fast pace of developing technology and its positive and negative effects.
If you are looking for a good movie about robots to watch with your whole family or with your friends, I, Robot is a great choice. It has superb visual effects, which add to the thrill as serried lines of evil robots crowd up a building, pile on cars, and slaughter the previous generations of helpful drones. Even if it is not the best blockbuster robot movie out there, it is still one of the worthy science fiction thriller movies that you might want to see.