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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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Storyline

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

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$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$144,795,350 (USA) (24 December 2004)
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Sonny's eyes are blue, while nearly all the other NS-5 robots eyes are brown. Susan Calvin's NS-5 features green eyes. See more »

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Detective Spooner draws a backup pistol from an ankle holster, but when he recovers his main weapon, he holsters the backup pistol in his main holster. See more »

Quotes

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

Instead of opening credits, the beginning of the movie features Isaac Asimov's 3 Laws of Robotics: LAW I. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. LAW II. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. LAW III. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. See more »

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Words and Music by Carl Smith and Raynard Miner
Performed by Fontella Bass
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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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