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I, Robot (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 16 July 2004 (USA)
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In 2035, a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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In 2035, technophobic homicide detective Del Spooner of the Chicago PD heads the investigation of the apparent suicide of leading robotics scientist, Dr. Alfred Lanning. Unconvinced of the motive, Spooner's investigation into Lanning's death reveals a trail of secrets and agendas within the USR (United States Robotics) corporation and suspicions of murder. Little does he know that his investigation would lead to uncovering a larger threat to humanity.

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One man saw it coming. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense stylized action, and some brief partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 July 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hardwired  »

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Box Office


$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$52,179,887 (USA) (16 July 2004)


$144,795,350 (USA) (24 December 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Cromwell plays Dr. Robert Callaghan in Big Hero 6 and Dr. Alfred Lanning in I,Robot, both characters creators of the laws of robotics. See more »


When Spooner is running about in Lanning's house with the cat under his arm, the cat switches arms between shots (most noticeable when he runs down some stairs) See more »


[first lines]
Detective Del Spooner: [singing along with Stevie Wonder's "Superstition"] Seven years of bad luck.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits state that the movie was "Suggested by Isaac Asimov's Book". See more »


Featured in The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) See more »


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Words and Music by Carl Smith and Raynard Miner
Performed by Fontella Bass
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Some of the best CGI I have ever seen
16 July 2004 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

I was so impressed by the quality of the CGI in this movie. It was amazing!

Most CGI these days is done poorly and really takes me out of the movie, but I really found myself drawn into the world of the robots in this one. Everything from their facial expressions to their posture was so believable.

Sonny seemed like a real character to me at times. Aside from James Cromwell, Sonny was more real than all the other actors combined. He had more personality and I cared about his character more than any of the other actors. Not since Gollum have I seen a better CGI character. Here's hoping that Hollywood takes note and uses I, Robot as their new standard for CGI in movies. OUTSTANDING!

Aside from the excellent CGI, I really enjoyed this movie. I tend to enjoy movies that pull me along and keep me engaged while the plot plays itself out with twists and turns; and I, Robot had plenty of both. The robots are the real stars of the show, though. Sonny really steals the show with the human actors just seeming like supporting characters. Will Smith's character was okay, and I kind of got annoyed with how he just meandered through most of his scenes. He kind of just played the same character he plays in every other action movie. He did have some very funny lines in the movie: one line in particular was one of the funniest I have heard in some time. You'll know it when you hear it. The only thing I really didn't like was the climax at the end. It was too ridiculous for me to believe. But aside from that, the movie was very entertaining and well worth the price of admission.

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