When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.
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
The movie originally started as a screenplay entitled "Hardwired", a classical-style murder mystery that read like a stage play, and was very much in the spirit of Isaac Asimov's "three laws" mysteries. When the original "Hardwired" script eventually reached Fox, after being developed at Disney with director Bryan Singer, new director Alex Proyas and writer Jeff Vintar opened up the story to fit a big-budget studio film. When Fox acquired the rights to Isaac Asimov's story collection, Vintar spent two years adapting Hardwired to serve as a tenth story in the Asimov canon, complete with Susan Calvin and the Three Laws of Robotics. Hillary Seitz worked at one point as script doctor. Writer Akiva Goldsman came on late in the process to tailor the script to Will Smith. See more »
At the end Spooner shoots the windows out and the glass shatters and completely falls out, completely unlike the previous demonstrations of the windows strength and structure. See more »
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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