Movie Stats & Links
||Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan,
Alan Tydyk, James Cromwell
||Not too young.
||She'll wonder why you're not in
as good as shape as Will Smith.
||You see Will's butt.
||Lots of robots get destroyed.
||Lots of robots are chasing
||A couple of good lines.
||Nothing that stands out.
||Nothing that stands out.
||Laurence Mark, John Davis
Sometimes the benefit of a trailer is that you have a
pretty good idea of what you are going to get. Fans of Isaac Asimov
might have expected more, but when itís summer and youíve got Will
Smith as a cop, well, you should get a wham, bam, blast you mam summer
blockbuster. With "I, Robot" you get just that.
A Movie Review
As the movie starts,
we get the feeling Detective Spooner (Smith) has a problem with
robots, probably something to do about a drowning, but we are left in
the dark until he later reveals why he doesnít like the mechanical
creatures. But in this world, which Chicago, and the robot world, has
a lot of catching up to do if weíll see anything near this in 2035,
robots have these three wacky rules that keep them from destroying the
human race. We also find, as the movie starts, the Will Smith really
wants to show off how buff his body is. Anyway, it turns out thereís
been a death at the robot research center, which isnít good when itís
one of the head scientists and youíre on the verge of a monster
roll-out of the new model, especially when itís thought that rather
than a suicide, well, the robots are turning on their human fathers
and mothers. The corporate people insist it couldnít be the robot
Sonny (voiced by Alan Tudyk), but Spooner is being fed too many clues,
and still holding that grudge, that he just canít let it go. Enter
Susan Calvin (Bridget Moynahan, who sadly doesnít show us how good a
shape she is in), kind of a shrink to make the robots a little more
human-like. Go figure, Spooner convinces Calvin that something might
be amuck, eventually they figure it out, and itís a big olí fight at
the end to save mankind, or maybe itís just mankindís way of life we
Anyway, not to get too deep about this movie, if you want deep read
the Asimov stories. For this we want chase scenes Ė we get them. For
this we want an easy to follow story with still a few surprises Ė we
get them. For this we want some witty lines from Will Smith Ė we get
them, too. Sadly, at least for me, we get to see Will Smithís butt and
not Bridgetís. I guess you canít have it all.
If youíre looking for your normal, summer, blockbuster flick, with
explosions, and lots of robots getting blown to bits because you can
blow a robot to bits but not a human for a PG-13 movie, this is as
okay as they come. There is some preaching going on, but it does tie
in with the robot rules, but itís not too in your face to ruin the fun
of the movie.
Iíll wrap this up giving "I, Robot" 3 Ĺ stars out of 5. Youíll
probably get what you expect, the effects are pretty great, and it
would have easily gotten another star if Susan was showering without a
shower curtain like Spooner was instead of her being in one of those
glass shower stalls all fogged up. Oh well!
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!