AI: Artificial Intelligence

AI: Artificial Intelligence

Steven Spielberg (2001)

139min
12 Certificate
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Review

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Steven Spielberg takes the story of Pinocchio, gives it a daring twist and decks it out with terrific special effects in this ambitious, dark-toned fable for the new millennium. Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) plays an android child, programmed to love and allocated to a couple whose own critically ill son has been cryogenically frozen. When the real son is healed, the robot boy is cast out into a brutal world that doesn't want him. In a difficult role, Osment proves once again what a fine young actor he is, while Jude Law gives a showy performance as his guide-cum-protector in the dangerous land of mechanised outcasts. The Brian W Aldiss story on which the film is based caught Stanley Kubrick's imagination more than 20 years ago, yet even before his death he had commented that Spielberg would be the ideal director for the project. There's a nod to Spielbergian cuteness in the shape of a talking teddy bear who accompanies the robot, but this is no feel-good romp in the ET vein - it is one of the director's bleakest works and Osment's desperate quest to become a "real" boy and win back the love of his human mother is a disturbing one.

Summary

A highly advanced robotic boy is created with one purpose - to love his owner as a parent. When he is rejected by his `mother', he is left to roam the bleak landscapes of a futuristic America with a fellow android, searching for a means of becoming a real boy in the hope of regaining her love. Steven Spielberg's sci-fi drama, starring Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, William Hurt and Frances O'Connor.

Cast & Crew

David Haley Joel Osment
Gigolo Joe Jude Law
Monica Swinton Frances O'Connor
Lord Johnson-Johnson Brendan Gleeson
Henry Swinton Sam Robards
Prof Hobby (the Visionary) William Hurt
Martin Swinton Jake Thomas
Syatoo-Sama Ken Leung
Specialist Ben Kingsley
Dr Know Robin Williams
Blue mecha Meryl Streep
Comedian Chris Rock
Teddy Jack Angel
Gigolo Jane Ashley Scott
Director Steven Spielberg
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Some violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Sep 2001
Drama