Friday, October 12, 2007

Not Fantastic Enough

I, Robot

Directed by: Alex Proyas
Starring: Will Smith (Del Spooner), Bridget Moynahan (Susan Calvin), Alan Tudyk (Sonny) James Cromwell (Dr. Alfred Lanning)

Though the film claims to be based on Issac Asimov stories about robots, you will find it hard to believe. Yes, Dr Alfred Lenning makes an appearence. So thus the three laws of robotics made popular by Asimov. But what happens in the film, how robots takes over the human world is Hollywood at its worse. The depth of Asimov is utterly missing.
Del Spooner (Will smith) is a detective with a robotic hand. And he distrusts machines who can think. But in 2050's Los Angeles, where robots have become an integral part of day-to-day lives, he's minority. And robots are perfectly safe, because they are governed by the irrefutable three laws, deviced by the chief scientist of USR, United States Robotics, Dr Alfred Lenning himself.
But when Lenning commits suicide and the case is offered to Spooner, there are more mysteries than meets the eyes. Is Lenning trying to say something to Smith? Why are the robots killing their earlier versions? Who is controling them, and most importantly, why Lenning created Sonny without the three laws?
Till Spooner finds the answer, its already too late. The robots have already organised against the humans.
The first problem against the film is the script. Its shallow to say the least. It fails to invite the audience to the fantasy world of 2050. The background of the film looks like a set which it really is. A muscled-up Smith does not help the cause either. The director probably told him to act serious and the poor man just over-did it.
The special effects, and the robots are however state-of-the-art, the only saving grace of the film.

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