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I, Robot
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Directed By
Alex Proyas

Cast:
Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Bruce Greenwood, Chi McBride, James Cromwell, Aaron Douglas, Alan Tudyk

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I, Robot (2004)
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Movie Review by Chris
January 12th, 2008

It's 2035 A.D., where robots are everyday objects and are programmed to live alongside humans. Detective Del Spooner is called out to investigate the apparent suicide of the scientist behind these robots, Dr. Alfred Lanning. Spooner suspects that the death might not be a suicide, but the result of one of the robots. All robots are programmed by three laws, but Spooner starts to wonder if a robot can in fact feel emotions, and possibly murder. But if Spooner's suspicions are true, he is going to have a hard time convincing everyone.

I, Robot, directed by Alex Proyas, is a fun movie to watch and is a great film visually. High on action and fun, the movie succeeds with its great visuals and the action scenes. Based off a short story, I, Robot never really bores you or loses your interest. With a smart ass performance from superstar Will Smith, the movie also looks at our future in a careful measure. So its not the only movie that asks the question can we trust technology? It does ask it in a cool and fun way though.

Will Smith is getting older, and it does show, but his performances surpass his very successful career in film. Lately, we saw his amazing skills in I Am Legend and the upcoming film Hancock looks really well. With I, Robot, his character is sort of a mystery. We constantly gets dreams of when he attempted to save a little girl from drowning, so this shows that something has happened in his life that we dont quite understand yet. There is also an action scene that I dont want to spoil but it literally shows us one thing about him that I didnt see coming and I expect a lot of people didnt either. The smart ass character fits him very nicely though and his hate of robots is fantastic to watch.

Bridget Moynahan plays as Susan Calvin, the woman responsible for the behaviors of the robots. She works with Sonny constantly through the film and also argues with Del alot about how everything he is saying could be wrong. I did like her performance, but she couldve tried harder. Some of the more comedic scenes she couldve done better but most of the time she had a well tuned performance. Alan Tudyk wears a green suit through the entire movie as he plays as the CGI Sonny. He is basically the robot which starts the whole mess that the movie covers. I loved the way he fit the move of the robot and the way that he talked seemed very real to the unreal character.

There have been many science fiction movies which dealt with technology in the future malfunctioning. This movie covers that in a more physical way. The visual look of the future is something straight out of a novel. The cool looking cars, the sweet parking garages and futuristic robots and building look awesome, but escape reality a little bit. Basically, the coolest part of the movie was the action scenes. There are some scenes which just greet our eyes with awesomeness and fun. The tunnel scene wear the robots attack Del's car is fast paced and cool, as the final action scene is cool, but covers a different type of action with slow motion effects and 360 camera moves which kind of make the movie relate to a Matrix effect.

I, Robot is guiltless fun. Short and sweet.

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