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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Alex Proyas

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Jeff Vintar (screenplay), Akiva Goldsman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... Del Spooner
Bridget Moynahan ... Susan Calvin
Alan Tudyk ... Sonny
James Cromwell ... Dr. Alfred Lanning
Bruce Greenwood ... Lawrence Robertson
Adrian Ricard Adrian Ricard ... Granny (as Adrian L. Ricard)
Chi McBride ... Lt. John Bergin
Jerry Wasserman ... Baldez
Fiona Hogan Fiona Hogan ... V.I.K.I.
Peter Shinkoda ... Chin
Terry Chen ... Chin
David Haysom ... NS4 Robot / NS5 Robot
Scott Heindl ... NS4 Robot / NS5 Robot
Sharon Wilkins Sharon Wilkins ... Asthmatic Woman
Craig March ... Detective
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Storyline

In 2035, techno-phobic 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. Written by ahmetkozan

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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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Most of the cars in the movie are modified pre-2004 Audi A2, A6 and TT models. There are even some unmodified cars. See more »

Goofs

Although robots are quite common in the movie's future, apparently closed circuit television systems and personal video cameras are not. All of the things that Detective Spooner claim to have happen should have been recorded on alarm systems at businesses, the CCTV system on the underground highway, the camera in his personal vehicle or the camera in his mobile phone.

For some reason Spooner, despite being called a liar and considered to be mentally ill, never chooses to video these events as proof that they are indeed occurring. 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 »

Alternate Versions

In the 3D re-release the old 20th Century Fox logo is replaced with the new 20th Century Fox logo that was used in Avatar. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Camp Lakebottom: I, Rodent/Undies Cover of the Night (2017) See more »

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Top Floor, Por Favor
Written and Performed by Joe Lervold
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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Good mix of action and philosophy
31 August 2004 | by Danny_G13See all my reviews

Like the Matrix and many other major movies, I, Robot has its foundations in philosophy, in its case the question of epistemology(The study of knowledge itself and computers being self-aware).

Will Smith is Spooner, a cop with an apparent attitude problem. Set in the future, I Robot sees Spooner embarking on a puzzling case of suicide where he believes it was actually murder. By a robot.

In this future society (With more than a homage to Blade Runner) robots are used as slaves of humans in all facets of life. They have 3 rules of conduct hard coded into them which essentially state they cannot harm humans. So the postulation by Spooner that a robot killed a man after a history where no robot had ever committed so much as a mugging presents a big problem to both his peers and his boss.

Suffice to say the story's plot thickens and a number of twists and turns emerge before the truth is revealed.

Will Smith is an absolute surprise here. Having previously been a light-hearted comedy actor he puts in a truly excellent and believable shift as a wise-cracking cop with a dark past.

However, the real star is the special effects and visual trickery. Impossible but ingenious camerawork and some jawdropping animation really make I, Robot feel truly alive and utterly believable, while never being dull for a second.

It arguably doesn't delve too deep into its philosophical undertones, but it doesn't really need to. It's a traditional Hollywood blockbuster action flick but it unquestionably has a brain and is a clear cut above the likes of Armageddon et al.

Very enjoyable.


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Release Date:

16 July 2004 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,179,887, 18 July 2004

Gross USA:

$144,801,023

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$353,133,898
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