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I, Robot (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 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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Alex Proyas

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Jeff Vintar (screenplay), Akiva Goldsman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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, 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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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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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hardwired See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$144,801,023

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$202,433,893, 31 December 2004
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Color:

Color (Alphacine)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The outside design of the top floor executive suite of U.S. Robotics CEO Lawrence Robertson's unique shape is a nod to the first really functional robot built by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for the movie Forbidden Planet in 1956. The shape of the top of the building is the same shape of the top of the main body of Robby the Robot. This is the part that used to blink when Robby spoke. See more »

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After the tunnel chase, Spooner is examining his ankle. From his POV, his legs are open. In the next shot, his right leg is crossed under the raised left leg. See more »

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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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Just because it doesn't follow the book doesn't mean that it is not good
16 July 2004 | by KnightsSayNISee all my reviews

From reading the comments posted by others I got the impression that people mainly rated it low because it did not follow the book. Just because a movie does not follow the original work like the Bible does not mean that the movie should not be given a chance. I read the Asimov book, and I went to the theater with my friend who has not. She enjoyed the movie just as much as I did, if not more. I was fascinated by the angle Proyas approached in the novel, and I did not mind one bit that the movie was completely different than the book.

Another element of the movie that receives an unfair "bad rap" is the acting. It's no worse than the acting in the Spider-Man movies. I am by no means a fan of Will Smith, but I was a fan of Willem Dafoe, and that mirror scene in Spider-Man made me cringe. Might of worked on stage, Willem, but not on the big screen. I did not find myself cringing at any acting in I, Robot. In fact, the only thing over-the-top sometimes was the special effects. Other than that, nothing made me slink down in my seat and cover my face in shame.

One actor that deserves a shout out is Alan Tudyk. I read many comments where people think he just voiced the character of Sonny. Actually, Tudyk pulled a Gollum. This means he put on a weird looking body suit and actually acting out the scenes. Later, CGI used his performance to model the computer graphic robot. Except for a few obvious actions scenes, Tudyk *was* Sonny. My complements to his performance.

Hopefully, people will give this movie the chance it really deserves, and not base their decisions on how close it followed the book. I give I, Robot a 7.5/10


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