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I, Robot (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Del Spooner
... Susan Calvin
... Sonny
... Dr. Alfred Lanning
... Lawrence Robertson
Adrian Ricard ... Granny (as Adrian L. Ricard)
... Lt. John Bergin
... Baldez
Fiona Hogan ... V.I.K.I.
... Chin
... Chin
... NS4 Robot / NS5 Robot
... NS4 Robot / NS5 Robot
Sharon Wilkins ... Asthmatic Woman
... Detective
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Storyline

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

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Budget:

$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,179,887, 18 July 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$144,801,023

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$144,801,023, 6 July 2012
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In interviews, both Will Smith and Bridget Moynahan commended Alan Tudyk for his brilliant work as Sonny. See more »

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During the scene in the bar, we see Spooner drinking a beer before his superior sits down to join him. At this time the bar-tending robot says, "Your Second Round,Sir"(Confirmed by Subtitles) and sets down two more beers for Spooner and the lieutenant. But when Spooner goes to pay for the beers the tally shows '2 BEERS' $46.50. This is simply a tell of the character in that he offered to pay for the lieutenant's beer, but never actually intended to. See more »

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[first lines]
Detective Del Spooner: [singing along with Stevie Wonder's "Superstition"] Seven years of bad luck.
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The end credits state that the movie was "Suggested by Isaac Asimov's Book". See more »

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STUPID Frankenstein
6 January 2008 | by 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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