Directed by: Alex Proyas
Starring: Will Smith, Bridget
Moynahan, James Cromwell, Bruce Greenwood
Released by: 20th Century
Short: Even though this Sci-Fi
summer romp with robots did provide a few chuckles and Will Smith
and the special effects are eye candy,
we expect the video in stores soon.
Vey of the Vorld in 2035
year is 2035, and robots are just as common as cell
phones. Created to serve and protect humans, these
robots are “guaranteed” to be violence-free...or
so people think, but Detective Del Spooner (Will
Smith) is no dummy.
Set in a futuristic Chicago, "I, Robot"
tells the story of one man’s struggle to prove
that these seemingly gentle machines are responsible
for the mysterious death of the famous scientist
(James Cromwell) who created them in the first place.
As the investigation unravels, we remain uncertain
as to whether the robots are to blame or the seedy
multi-million dollar company promoting them, headed
by a sinister CEO (Bruce Greenwood) we love to hate.
of the characters we love to love is the charming
Sonny, an overly emotional, specially built RS5
unit robot, who questions his purpose in life (voice
by Alan Tudyk). The film also stars fashion model
turned actress Bridget Moynahan, as the uptight
“robot psychologist," who mellows after
roughing it up in her love/hate relationship with
Smith’s Det. Spooner.
Australian director Alex Proyas (“The Crow,"
“Dark City”) does a praiseworthy job
of bringing to life famed sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov”s
1950's book I, Robot. Although the film
is loosely based on the bestseller, it is not a
direct adaptation. The movie focuses on a few characters
and is loaded with quite decent special effects
and megawatt decibels to keep the viewer alert.
Product placement is taken to new heights with the
likes of Audi and FedEx.
As executive producer of the film, Will Smith is
no stranger to science-fiction thrillers. It all
started with the huge success of “Independence
Day," followed by the even more profitable
“Men in Black” series. Smith’s
physical training for “Ali” certainly
paid off, as he showcases his sexy muscles in this
“tough, yet sensitive guy” role, which
actually suits him well: a misunderstood, but likable
guy, whose humor makes the movie a pleasure to watch.
However, if you are looking for intelligent dialogue
and character development, we suggest renting “Six
Degrees of Separation," without a doubt one
of Smith’s best performances.
Beneath the surface of this testosterone-loaded
flick, there are layers of deeper questions that
leave us pondering "what if?" Aren’t
good movies supposed to make us think? "I,
Robot" succeeds in doing just so, along with
giving us a few chuckles and twists and turns along