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Director: Jake Schreier; Screenwriter: Christopher D Ford Starring: Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, Liv Tyler, James Marsden, Peter Sarsgaard; Running time: 89 mins; Certificate: 12A

Set "in the near future", Robot & Frank is an admirably understated and mature look at the potential implications of technological advancement that wisely steers clear of any 'robot turns evil' clichés. Jake Schreier's directorial debut is also bolstered by a magnificent lead performance by Frank Langella, although little thought has been spent on the often inadequate characterisation outside of the titular pairing.

The effortlessly emotive and evocative Langella tackles the role of Frank, a retired ex con suffering from dementia whose son Hunter (James Marsden) buys him a 'healthcare aid' robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard) to provide him with mental stimulation and physical therapy. "F**k that s**t" is Frank's initial response when the robot turns into a cereal killer, chucking away his favourite breakfast »


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