I, Robot
Dir: Alex Proyas
Star: Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Alan Tudyk, Bruce Greenwood, James Cromwell
Cert / Year: 12A - PG13 / 2004
Format: Cinema

LAW I: A Robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm
LAW II: A Robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the first law.
LAW III: A Robot must protect it's own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the first or second law.

It is the year 2035 and Robots are a convenience to masses of people around the world and as trustworthy as your toasters, except one person, detective Del Spooner (Will Smith) ) that believes like all toasters, these robots are going to go wrong. Called in by a holographic projection of a man, that has apparently committed suicide(the creator of these robots no less) and to anyone else this seems to be the case as no one had access to him, all except the few robots he was working on in his lab. Techno-phobe that hes is, Detective Spooner immediately suspects foul play, even more so when, accompanied by Dr Susan Calvin (Bridget Moynahan) a close colleague of Dr Alfred Lanning (James Cromwell) who then takes Spooner to the Doctors lab for inspection, one of the robots that Doctor Lanning was working on suddenly jumps out from hiding, takes Spooners gun, points it Doctor Calvin then back at him and then does a run and jump out a window, falling down about ten levels and landing with ease. This leaves Spooner with a worrying problem, are all the robots as capable of murder as this one is and who on Earth is going to believe him.....

The robotic escape artist is something of a mystery, as when he is eventually caught and questioned he seems to have emotions, which is not typical to any robot in the world. What has Dr Lanning created and with these emotions is this robot (named Sonny) more or less dangerous than he appears. (I could tell you but where's the fun in that, you will just have to see for yourself)

Director Alex Proyas has done it again, with classics like The Crow and Dark City already in the bag, he isn't going to disappoint you with this movie. Taken from the short stories of Isaac Asimov, you are taken to a future where unlike most films, people are not being overrun by Aliens, nor are we being taken over by machines (not yet anyway) but it isn't a perfect future without crime or violence ..... unless you class having to watch Will Smith taking a shower a crime, I am sure the 'Ladies' would disagree as all you could hear in the cinema was a great resounding ooooooooohhhh, aaaaaaaaahhhh and one woman screaming "please, please turn around" (not really but you know they were thinking it), we have a future much like the world today except for the technology, so you're not likely to get swamped by "Techno-Babble" or have people dressed in spandex suits. You are going to see some kick ass cars though and a parking idea that anyone that drives would recommend.

The special and visual effects are stunning, with robots pulling off moves that any gymnastic coach would be proud of and you also get the good laughs you would expect with any film starring Will Smith. You might find the story a little obvious with a hint of Terminator 2 and Bad Boys in the film but even if that is the case, there is some great acting, funny jokes usually at the expense of Dr Calvin or rich owner of the robotics company Lance Robertson (Bruce Greenwood) or you can watch it just to try and work out how a robot can harm a human when its programmed with the three laws.... or if it tickles your fancy you could just watch it to see Will Smith at his best.

I, Robot is nothing really special and if you have seen Bad Boys II then you have seen the same slow motion poster pose shots for the majority of the action scenes. Plenty of the usual Will Smith posturing and quips like 'aw hell no' essentially a poor Blade Runner, Bad Boys (without the funnies or chemistry of Martin Lawrence) Sci-Fi hybrid. Not terrible but not great either. The 'Fresh Prince of Sci-Fi' could have delivered a rap to the same tune he had for his television series, and it could go sometihing like;
'In west Philadelphia born and raised, on the playground I spent most of my days, chillin out, maxin, relaxin and coolin, shootin some robot right after school, then a couple of robots were up to no good, started makin trouble in my neighbourhood, I got in a good few fights, people got scared but don't worry ladies you get to see me in my underwear. . .


Somehow "I told you so" just doesn't quite say it.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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