I, Robot

I, Robot

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Director: Alex Proyas

Cast: Alex Proyas, Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Alan Tudyk

     
 

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Director Alex Proyas (Dark City, The Crow) helmed this sci-fi thriller inspired by the stories in Isaac Asimov's nine-story anthology of the same name. In the future presented in the film, humans have become exceedingly dependent on robots in their everyday lives. Robots have become more and more advanced, but each one is preprogrammed to always obeySee more details below

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Director Alex Proyas (Dark City, The Crow) helmed this sci-fi thriller inspired by the stories in Isaac Asimov's nine-story anthology of the same name. In the future presented in the film, humans have become exceedingly dependent on robots in their everyday lives. Robots have become more and more advanced, but each one is preprogrammed to always obey humans and to, under no circumstances, ever harm a human. So, when a scientist turns up dead and a humanoid robot is the main suspect, the world is left to wonder if they are as safe around their electronic servants as previously thought. Will Smith stars as Del Spooner, the robot-hating Chicago cop assigned to the murder investigation. Bridget Moynahan, Bruce Greenwood, James Cromwell, and Chi McBride also star.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Having firmly established his sci-fi credentials with Independence Day and Men in Black, Will Smith returns to the genre in this fast-paced, action-packed, but extremely loose adaptation of Isaac Asimov's influential robot stories. The year is 2035, and technophobe Chicago cop Del Spooner (Smith) is assigned to investigate the supposedly accidental death of a brilliant scientist, Dr. Alfred Lanning (James Cromwell). Del eventually has reason to believe that Lanning was actually murdered by a robot, Sonny (voiced by Alan Tudyk), one of a new line that's being rolled out all over the world. There's just one problem with his theory: Robots are programmed to never harm human beings. Or are they? Director Alex Proyas -- no sci-fi slouch himself, having helmed the stylish Dark City and The Crow -- doesn't waste too much footage on the scientific aspects of robotics; he develops the story like a classic whodunit at first, allowing Spooner to interact with a beautiful assistant (Bridget Moynahan), his increasingly impatient lieutenant (Chi McBride), and the guilty-looking CEO of the company that makes the robots (Bruce Greenwood). Asimov's famous Three Laws of Robotics are briefly outlined, but the author's subtleties regarding ethics don't make it to the screen. Once certain critical revelations are made, Proyas switches into high gear; the pace picks up and I, Robot turns into a slam-bang action movie that taxes the ingenuity of special-effects wizards already challenged by mingling thousands of computer-generated robots with an equal number of humans. Aside from the fact that Smith seems to be exploiting his already established persona instead of portraying a new character, the film works surprisingly well, even though the "surprise" plot twist is telegraphed well in advance. While Asimov's stories probably deserved a more cerebral adaptation, the movie doesn't stint on any of the elements generally thought to make contemporary sci-fi offerings successful with audiences.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2008
UPC:
0024543509875
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:54:00
Sales rank:
13,719

Special Features

Closed Caption; Only the I, Robot blu-ray disc allows you to access special features using the four colored button on your Blu-Ray remote: ; Red button - behind the camera; Day out of days production diaries; CGI and design featurettes; Sentient Machines - robotic behavior; The filmmakers' toolbox - vfx how-to clips; Deleted scenes and alternate ending; Green button - ; Commentary guide; 3 full-length commentaries: hear director Alex Proyas, screenwriter Akiva Goldsmith and more; Yellow button -; Annotated guide; Triva track; Blue button -; Search index; Explore all this disc has to offer; Disc also includes:; personal scene selection & enhanced D-box

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Will Smith Del Spooner
Bridget Moynahan Dr. Susan Calvin
Alan Tudyk Sonny
Bruce Greenwood Lawrence Robertson
Chi McBride Lt. John Bergin
Shia LaBeouf Farber
James Cromwell Dr. Alfred Lansing
Adrian Ricard Granny
Jerry Wasserman Baldez
Fiona Hogan V.I.K.I.
Peter Shinkoda Chin
Terry Chen Chin
David Haysom NS4 Robots
Scott Heindl NS5 Robots
Sharon Wilkins Woman
Craig March Detective
Kyanna Cox Girl
Darren Moore Homeless Man
Aaron Douglas USR Attorney #1
Shayla Dyson Laughing Girl
Bobby Stewart Girl's Dad
Nicola Crosbie TV Anchor Person
Emily Tennant Young Girl
Michael St. John Smith USR Attorney #2
Travis Webster Guy With A Pie
Roger Haskett Mob Man
Tiffany Knight Mob Woman
Angela Moore Wife
Ryan Zwick Farber Posse
Essra Vischon Farber Posse
Kenyan Lewis Farber Posse
Aaron Joseph Farber Posse
Simon Baker Farber Posse
Marrett Green News Reporter

Technical Credits
Alex Proyas Director
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
John Davis Producer
Topher Dow Producer
Simon Duggan Cinematographer
Wyck Godfrey Producer
Akiva Goldsman Screenwriter
William Hoy Editor
Andrew R. Jones Special Effects
James Lassiter Executive Producer
Richard Learoyd Editor
Laurence Mark Producer
Steven R. McGlothen Co-producer
Armen Minasian Editor
Anthony Romano Executive Producer
Michel Shane Executive Producer
Will Smith Executive Producer
Patrick Tatopoulos Production Designer
Jeff Vintar Original Story,Screenwriter

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