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I, Robot

  • Drama
  • 2004
  • Alex Proyas
  • 109 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Sci-fi action thriller starring Will Smith. Chicago, 2035: in a society that has become almost entirely dependent on robots, Detective Del Spooner is called upon to investigate the death of eminent scientist Dr Alfred Lanning. All the evidence points to Lanning's superadvanced robot prototype being responsible, but everybody knows that robots are programmed never to harm a human...

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Stories by sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov provide the inspiration for this futuristic action thriller set in Chicago in the year 2035 when robots have been fully integrated into society, occupying the positions of trusted servant and menial worker. Asimov's laws of robotics state that a robot may not allow a human to come to harm. When a top scientist from the US Robotics corporation turns up dead, Detective Del Spooner (Will Smith) suspects the involvement of a prototype that may not be bound by the laws that govern its brethren. Smith gives a charismatic performance in a blockbuster that succeeds chiefly because of the use of CGI - the robots are seamlessly blended into the human environment. As a meditation on whether robots are capable of human emotions, this may not delve as deeply as AI: Artificial Intelligence or Blade Runner, but director Alex Proyas keeps the action racing along with enough invention and thrills to make this well worth the ride.

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Credits

Cast

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Detective Del SpoonerWill Smith
Dr Susan CalvinBridget Moynahan
Lawrence RobertsonBruce Greenwood
Dr Alfred LanningJames Cromwell
Lieutenant John BerginChi McBride
SonnyAlan Tudyk
GrannyAdrian Ricard
BaldezJerry Wasserman

Crew

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DirectorAlex Proyas

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2004-08-06
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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