Robot & Frank
is a movie starring
Peter Sarsgaard, Frank Langella, and Susan Sarandon.
Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.
In the near future, Frank is a retired catburglar living alone while his successful son, Hunter, tries to care for him from afar. Finally, Hunter gets him a robot caretaker, but Frank soon learns that it is as useful as a burglary aide. As Frank tries to restart his old profession, the uncomfortable realities of a changing world and his worsening dementia threaten to take beyond what any reboot can do for him.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
After the Robot is switched on for the first time, you can see the reflection of a crew member on the side of Hunter's car, then another time after the Robot goes into the house. See more »
[a phone rings, and a recorded female voice announces: "Call from Madison Weld. Call from Madison Weld"]
[On a wall video phone, with noisy transmission]
Daddy, it's me, Madison. Hi!
Oh, yeah! Yeah... Hey. How are you doing?
I'm wonderful. Turkmenistan is so beautiful. I am sorry I haven't called. How are you?
Oh! You know... fine. I'm OK.
Has Hunter been coming around?
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Over the closing credits, there's footage of real assisted-living robots in various stages of development. See more »
It's hard to fault this movie. Literally. I was going to rate it as an 8, but I have to give it a 9 because I can't think of anything about it to criticise.
The plot is rather simple. Frank is a confused older man who is finding it difficult to take care of himself. He is given a robot medical assistant who is programmed to do only one thing: help Frank. Frank resists mightily at first, but soon Frank improves remarkably and takes up his earlier vocation: stealing jewels. It turns out that the robot's programming does not extend to obeying the law...
This film is interesting, surprising, heart-warming, intelligent, thought-provoking, amusing, understated, well written and well directed. It delivers first-rate performances by first-rate actors.
It defies categorisation. Is it science fiction? A heist movie? A family drama? A melancholic feel-good story about aging? It has no shootouts, no car chases, no superspies, no superheros, no martial arts scenes, no demented villains. What it does have is character development, good writing and a nice story.
Kudos to Schreier, Ford, Langella and Sarandon.
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