Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Asimov’s the Man!
This film was selected from ‘The 250’
You gotta love Isaac Asimov, who wrote books about U.S. Robotics made into movies, like I, Robot and Bicentennial Man. The crazy thing is…he made these books so long ago that the books themselves have no real connection to the movies other than to say – hey look, robots. If you didn’t realize, both movies mentioned above have the same three laws of robotics, verbatim. Does that mean that the two movies are technically in the same universe? If so, I, Robot would technically be a prequel. Now, how does meet your fancy? Anywho, I actually got this movie as a gift twice on my birthday – I can’t remember why, but I’m guessing people just knew me. It’s been a while though, so after a good re-watch, I can say that it’s still really good.
Detective Spooner has lived a life despising what everyone else on the planet loves – robots, all because of something that happened years ago. Let’s just say, he wouldn’t trust a robot to take out the garbage. When one of his mentors ends up dying, everyone files it off as suicide, but Spooner, well…he has good reason to think a robot does it…especially when one robot specifically ignores the three laws of robotics…
I was asked recently what I think is the better movie: I, Robot, or I am Legend. At the time I couldn’t exactly answer that question…but I think I have a better hold of that now. They are both really good movies for a first time watching, but I, Robot continues that streak of being great after multiple viewings. The other relied heavily on the mystery and suspense that surrounded it, while this just is a lot of fun in all the right places. There is a mystery in place, yeah, but even though you know how it pans out after you watch it, it’s still fun to watch it again to see how the man gets to that point, and all of the action he goes through to get there. You know how in Sixth Sense, the movie is still amazing, regardless if you’ve seen it or not – it’s like that.
The mystery isn’t as important in I, Robot, but instead, how everything looks and feels. As far as looks go, you have a really neat and futuristic landscape of Chicago that still translates really well for a modern audience. The CGI and design of the robots, buildings, and well, a lot, looked very real even by today’s standards. The direction of the action scenes, specifically with the camerawork, was impressive. Not only was there a lot of action going on that you had to keep track of, but they made sure to keep the camera moving at the same time, spinning it smoothly out of control to make you dizzy and on the edge of your seat in excitement and anticipation at the same time.
Then you have Will Smith as a tremendous lead. For a 2004 film, this is one of the first times people really got to see him outside of a Fresh Prince comedy type role. He made jokes in this, but it wasn’t the same. He made sure to show people a different side of himself that they wouldn’t soon forget, and to be honest, I don’t think they have. Shia LaBeouf was also in the movie, and I love the fact that he’s just this random side character and not the main guy. Then Will Smith tells him to “Stop cussin and go home”. LaBeouf still hasn’t listened.
Man, have I mentioned how fun I, Robot is? It’s got a dark tone, balanced out by Will Smith’s unique style of comedy and drama. It looks really nice as far as futuristic movies with a ton of action go. Some of those action scenes had some really tricky camerawork in there that still impresses me.
I’m not entirely sure. I guess people can complain that it bears no resemblance to the book, but I’ve never cared about movies taking liberties, even if they are major liberties.
Detective Spooner (to Shia): Stop cussin’, cause you’re not good at it, and go home.