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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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Set in a future Earth (2035 A.D.) where robots are common assistants and workers for their human owners, this is the story of "robotophobic" Chicago Police Detective Del Spooner's investigation into the murder of Dr. Alfred Lanning, who works at U.S. Robotics, in which a robot, Sonny , appears to be implicated, even though that would mean the robot had violated the Three Laws of Robotics, which is apparently impossible. It seems impossible because.. if robots can break those laws, there's nothing to stop them from taking over the world, as humans have grown to become completely dependent upon their robots. Or maybe... they already have? Aiding Spooner in his investigation is a psychologist, Dr. Susan Calvin, who specializes in the psyches of robots. Written by

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One man saw it coming. See more »

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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)  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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In the theatrical trailer, Del Spooner (Will Smith) tells Lt. John Bergin (Chi McBride) that "I'm gonna miss the good old days", to which Bergin responds, "What good old days?" Spooner then says, "When people were killed by other people." In the film, Lt. Bergin says "I'm gonna miss the good old days" first instead of Spooner. See more »


The story takes place in Chicago, but right before the scene of Spooner and John getting drinks in a bar, the sign next door to the bar suggests, in Chinese, that the place is in Canada. 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 »


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Words and Music by Carl Smith and Raynard Miner
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Courtesy of Geffen Records
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Simply Amazing
16 July 2004 | by (Brantford, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I knew this movie was going to be good before I even went to the theatre, but I didn't know it would be as good as it was. It was pretty intense from beginning to end and I left my seat quite satisfied.

"I, Robot" is set in the year 2035 and is centered around a cop named Del Spooner (Will Smith) who investigates the death of the top scientist at U.S. Robotics. Suspicious, as always, Det. Spooner immediately suspects that a robot has something to do with the crime and as he continues his investigation and delves deeper into USR the truth starts to unfold about what is really going on.

First, I must say that if you are a true fan and follower of Isaac Asimov you probably won't like this movie because you'll be too hung up on the slight, or not-so-slight, differences between the movie and Asimov's original. You should, however, try to take it with a grain of salt and not worry about silly things like that. The basic ideas are still there, they just threw a little "Hollywood" in there. You have to expect that nowadays.

Some people also seems to have an "issue" with Will Smith that I've never been able to figure out. He's witty, charming, funny and looks the part. His acting is great as per usual and his two co-stars Bridget Moynahan (playing Susan Calvin) and Alan Tudyk (playing Sonny, an NS-5 robot) deliver top-notch performances as well. Alan Tudyk especially, did a wonderful job as Sonny. You really feel for him at times.

Considering that this is an action movie at heart, as you would expect, the fight scenes and action sequences are very, very well done. There were a few times that I realized I hadn't breathed in the last two minutes or so because I was too "in" to the movie.

The story was nicely laid out and the ending will not disappoint you. The director (Alex Proyas, Dark City) did an amazing job shooting this film.

The one thing that never left my mind the whole time I was watching the movie was how well each scene was shot and how one scene transitioned into the next.

Overall this movie did not disappoint me in any way. The story, the acting, the directing...all pretty much flawless.

Rating: 10 / 10

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