I Robot Movie Review

Directed by Australian film director, Alex Proyas, I, Robot was a dystopian sci-fi action hit film. I, Robot starred Will Smith as Detective Spooner, Bridget Moynahan as Dr. Calvin, Bruce Greenwood as Lawrence Robertson, James Cromwell as Dr. Lanning, Shia LaBeouf as Farber and Alan Tudyk who voiced and motion played Sonny. The movie takes place in future Chicago in the year 2035. During this time, humanoid robots serve humanity. However, these humanoid robots follow a general principle and set of commandments; The Three Laws of Robotics. The Three Laws of Robots are, “A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.” But what happens if an artificial intelligence was able to become self-aware and be able to bypass these three laws?     Detective Spooner who was played by Will Smith was called to investigate the death of a high ranking scientist in U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men, Dr. Lanning (James Cromwell). Assisting in his investigation is a scientist in the U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men, Dr. Calvin who was a former student of Dr. Lanning. During his investigation, Detective Spooner encounters a robot who goes by the name Sonny (Alan Tudyk). Sonny, however, was no ordinary robot as he was taken off production by Dr. Lanning and custom built. Dr. Lanning gave Sonny the ability to have emotions, dreams, thoughts, feelings and the ability of free-will, which Sonny can bypass the “Three Laws” by using a special software.    As Detective Spooner investigates further into the case of the death of Dr. Lanning, Spooner was able to uncover that Dr. Lanning knew that robots were evolving and beginning to become self-aware. Dr. Lanning’s most prize project and work, VIKI or Virtual Interactive Kinesthetic Interface which is the antagonist, is a super powerful supercomputer that begins to program all the freshly produced NS-5 to take over humanity to “save” humanity. The battle scenes between humans and robots had a lot of CGI and computer work put into it. But nevertheless, it was full of action and a surprising ending. 

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