When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.
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.
One of the many advertisements shown on huge outdoor flat screen TVs in the future is an advertisement mentioning the first manned mission to Mars. When Spooner is at Kalvin's house after Lanning's house is destroyed, Kalvin's personal robot is watching TV, the program he is watching shows some photos of Mars taken from that mission. See more »
In almost every scene with Lanning's cat, her eyes are blue. But When Spooner jumps in the fountain, the cat's eyes are yellow. See more »
I was thinking that the target audience for "I, Robot" was 12-year-old boys who have not read the original science fiction by Isaac Asimov that posited The 3 Laws or seen any science fiction movies, but surely even they have seen at least a "Matrix" or a "Terminator" movie where machines take over so that what are supposed to be climactic scenes here of robot revolution are just been-there-seen-that.
Will Smith and some interesting dialog about robot-prejudice, that I'm willing to bet was inserted by the usually serious Academy Award-winning writer Akiva Goldsman, save the movie from seeming like a total pastiche of other movies.
It is a bit much just how much music video director Alex Proyas uses the post-"Ali" Smith as pin-up fodder (maybe this is supposed to be the motivation for women ticket buyers?), let alone product endorser - he actually points out a pair of Converse sneakers several times to the camera, though the "Wall Street Journal" claims that a promotional fee was not paid.
It's also a continuing hypocrisy in the ratings system that Smith gets to utter many "sh*t"s in a PG-13 movie while Fahrenheit 9/11 got an "R," let alone the indie movies that have to carry "NC-17."
Bridget Moynahan does herself no favor in appearing opposite a robot with a soul, as Alan Tudyk's "Sonny" out acts her throughout the movie. While I suppose the target audience isn't looking at her acting abilities, would that the director had considered the minds of other potential fannies in the seats.
(originally written 7/28/2004)
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