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I, Robot

Posted by nerhael on 2004-07-22 09:37:22
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I, Robot was directed by Alex Proyas, who also directed the original The Crow as well as Dark City, which led me to have high hopes for this movie.

Now, a lot of people have been down on this movie because it’s taken the name of one of Isaac Asimov’s more famous books, and slapped it on, while keeping very little of the books itself. Now, I haven’t read the book. But I do know it to be a series of short stories in what I believe are the detective genre, centered around the 3 laws of robotics:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

  2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

The movie is in the detective genre, and um…’involves’ the 3 laws.

And that’s where I can’t really defend it anymore. I believe they could have slapped the name on a movie that basically took those two premises, and made something decent, but they didn’t.

The robots are obviously in violation of the 3 laws. Whereas in Asimov’s books, the mystery is always what subtle bit of logic allowed the presented events to have happened without violating the 3 laws.

The film also has some blatant ad placement, of the variety that has the star holding the item in both hands, stating what it is, and saying how great it is. I don’t mind if the guy grabs a Pepsi from the fridge, and set’s it down with the label clearly facing the camera on the counter…but this kind of crap goes a little too far.

“Give me your badge.” Ah, what detective movie can really proceed without those lines. Now, you might be asking why he didn’t ask for his gun as well as the badge, well, simple fact is he had already lost it, so had no gun to give. But had he had one, those tried and true lines of “Give me your badge and your gun, you’re off the case,” would surely have been uttered.

I will say that this movie was pretty. Good special effects…if you ignore the car chase…which didn’t really do it for me, but the robot vs. robot action was awesome.

Plot: 4/10
Visuals: 8/10
Robot Violence: 10/10
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