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I, Robot

By | 2018-03-21T18:29:59+01:00 March 14th, 2004|Reviews|

2.5

Date: 2004

Director: Alex Proyas

Starring: Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, James Cromwell

Major disappointment from Alex Proyas, whose vigorously suggestive work with “The Crow” and “Dark City” showed prodigious promise. Not here. In 2035, a Chicago cop (Will Smith as Spooner) investigates a murder that may have been set in motion by a robot. Isaac Asimov’s 1940 take on AI — evil corporations hijacking humanity — was immensely provocative in its time (the idea was Isaac Asimov’s), but in Proyas’ hands seems tired of itself (he may need to take a sabbatical from sci-fi).

The movie’s problems begin with Smith, who hogs the camera. Proyas defers to him continually, putting the sci-fi visuals (the robots, mostly) into the background and neglecting pace in favor of his star’s patented smart-ass remarks. The cliché-ridden script reads like a bad “Law and Order” episode made for preteens.

About the Author:

David Trask
Hong Kong based David Trask is a longtime freelance movie reviewer.

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