DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005
Starring Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Alan Tudyk, James Cromwell, Bruce Greenwood, Chi Mcbride, Shia La Beouf
Written By: Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Vintar
Directed By: Alex Proyas
Studio: Fox Home Entertainment
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I, Robot, the summer blockbuster starring Will Smith about a futuristic world based in 2035. Earth is far more advanced than this modern age, Robots are as common as the household pet. Robots are widely used for assistants to humans and for protection. That all changes when one robot, Sonny (Alan Tudyk,) is implicated into a murder. This is unheard in this society as robots follow three laws 1.) A Robot may not injure a human being 2.) A Robot must obey the orders given it and 3.) A Robot must protect it’s own existence. If one of these laws were to be broken they would be terminated and questioned as to how they were able to accomplish such a thing. If the laws of the robot are broken, complete anarchy and domination by the robots would occur.
Detective John Spooner is a different kind of cop than the rest of his Chicago police department. Not everything is by the book. He also sheds a secret for which he feels ashamed. His feelings about Robots are soon realized when the maker of the robots, Dr Alfred Lanning of US Robotics, is thrown off several flights onto the lobby floor of the office killing him. This action was seen as a suicide by many, but Det. Spooner did not see it like the others. He felt like he was murdered, and that a robot may be involved. Sonny, the robot that Det. Spooner feels committed the murder, is also different front the rest of the lot. He has “nightmares” and feels emotions, unlike many of the other robots. Bruce Greenwood plays Lawrence Robertson, head of US Robotics, and always plays the creep in many of his movies. Not necessarily a bad guy, just seems like a jerk and a typical businessman. He is concerned about this investigation of Sonny, because US Robotics is about to go into worldwide release of their product where robots will be 3 to 1. A negative investigation and press would hurt sales for the corporation so Lawrence Robertson is out to make Spooner’s investigation very difficult. What you have is the action packed summer movie, which includes great excitement, interesting story that makes you think about where we are headed as a society, and even other life learning lessons. Will Smith is great as usual and plays Det. Spooner like most of his other characters in his movies. You know the type, physical, sarcastic know it all who is rebellious. Alongside to help him is Susan Calvin (Moynahan) a US Robotics psychiatrist, who for most of the movie doesn’t believe Det. Spooner. Until some interesting things start happening only is when Dr Susan Calvin starts believing Spooner. Although a great popcorn flick, it makes you think is this what is going to happen thirty years from now? Robots taking over the world and humans trying to fight for their lives is what we may face if artificial intelligence continues to grow substantially.
Extras on the disk include a full length commentary featuring Director Alex Proyas, and Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman giving you insight about the making of I Robot. Also, they discuss how they adapted the writings of the law of robotics and made it into a movie. You can also check out the making of featurette and a photo gallery. I Wish there was a little more that went into the extras though.
I, Robot was a lot of fun to watch and had an interesting message as well. Robots may be useful and protective but it could turn out they revolt and malfunction and try to destroy humans. Hey, you never know? Nevertheless, I Robot was entertaining and Will Smith is still enjoyable to watch on screen.
Commentary by Director Alex Proyas and Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman
The Making Of I, Robot
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
ENGLISH: DTS 5.1 CC
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Favorite Scenes: In The Tunnel, Revolution, Interrogation
Running Time: 0 minutes