Director: Alex Proyas
I, Robot is a nearly two hour product placement ad loosely based on the works of Isaac Asimov. The film is set in 2035, starring Will Smith as a technophobic cop in a world where US Robotics has introduced sentient robots, able to learn and react, but bound by Asimov’s three laws of robotics. That’s pretty much where Asimov’s influence ends, but that’s alright.
The film revolves around Smith’s belief that one robot has managed to break one of the central tenets of robotdom: murdering a human. If that’s the case, we’re all screwed, and about to enter the world of The Matrix, or The Terminator. Which doesn’t happen, so it’s all good.
Overall there’s nothing really original about this film. It’s a summer blockbuster, and now a good home popcorn flick, but it’s nothing new. One of the biggest problems I had with the film, other than the “vintage” shoes/blatant product placement, was the supposed timeline. I just don’t understand setting a film like this 30 years in the future. I understand Moore’s Law, and I appreciate rapid advancement, but with a film built around technological shift and acceptance, more time would have been wise. I say this is another one of those films that’s worth a watch, as a quasi/transitional dystopian, but nothing that’s going to shift your worldview.
Review Date: 2010-07-15
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0343818/