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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 Austin4577@aol.com

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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:

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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 interviews, both Will Smith and Bridget Moynahan commended Alan Tudyk for his brilliant work as Sonny. See more »


When Spooner and Calvin are looking for Sonny at the warehouse, Calvin checks the computer, which says that there are 1001 robots present in the room. This is incorrect. There are 31 lines of robots from front to back. From left to right, there are more than 37 columns. Only 37 columns can be positively counted, but there are definitely more, as they can be seen as the camera pans. This means there are at least 1147 robots in the room, not 1001. See more »


[first lines]
Detective Del Spooner: [singing along with Stevie Wonder's "Superstition"] Seven years of bad luck.
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STUPID Frankenstein
6 January 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro) – See all my reviews

For any fan of Isaac Asimov, this film is a total fraud.

Dr. Asimov went to great lengths to explain his motivation for writing his robot stories in the introduction to "The Rest of the Robots", an anthology published in 1968. In Dr. Asimov's words, "... there seemed only one change to be rung on this plot -- Robots were created and destroyed their creator; ... I quickly grew tired of this dull hundred-times-old tale. As a person interested in science, I resented the purely Faustian interpretation of science".

The film is totally at odds with the philosophy Dr. Asimov defended, and totally different from all the robot stories he wrote. Only a few names and the "three laws of robotics" were copied, but the central point in all his stories, that a robot could never be made to violate the three laws, was not respected. The Asimov robot stories are fun because they try to find situations were there is enough contradiction in those laws to create interesting situations.

"I, Robot", the movie, is just one more remake of that old, old, old story Isaac Asimov hated so much, it's Frankenstein again. If you insist on seeing that same story again, better get Mel Brooks' version, it's funnier.

Let's close with Asimov: "Never, never, was one of my robots to turn stupidly on his creator for no purpose but to demonstrate, for one more weary time, the crime and punishment of Faust".

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