Thursday 24 February 2005

I, Robot (Alex Proyas, 2004)

As an old fan of Isaac Asimov, I was really looking forward to this film. I read tons of science fiction as a kid. It's probably a good thing that I don't remember the "I, Robot" book very well.

I did enjoy the film but I wouldn't rave about it. Visually, it was a treat and I watched the DVD a second time so I could pause it to have a good look at the scenes. The story is quite good and it's too bad the script didn't explore the ethics and issues of robots a bit deeper.

I can't quite put my finger on it but I didn't find the film that involving - not like Artificial Intelligence. I didn't care much for the main character; Del Spooner played by Will Smith. The film didn't need a tough cop with a chip on the shoulder. It's such a cliche. He just needed to be tormented. All the other characters felt flat. In many ways, the NS-5 robot had the best lines.

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