I, Robot

I, Robot

DVD - 2005
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In the year 2035, robots are a trusted part of life. That trust is broken when a scientist is found dead, and a skeptical detective believes that a robot is responsible.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2005]
Edition: Widescreen.
Branch Call Number: DVD-AD SCI/FIC IROB
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (114 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Kn0man
Sep 23, 2017

The "I,Robot" anthology by Issac Asimov is one of his best works, he explains the 3 Laws of Robotics essential to the "positronic" robot brain. Each story in that anthology is a mystery on why the robots are acting the way they are and in NONE of those stories do the robots violate the 3 Laws ( An Impossibility since doing so would cause the positronic brain to shutdown and the robot to basically enter a catatonic state) THIS movie is a Will Smith vehicle with no relation to the Author's book nor his intent. It totally ignores the entire premise of the 3 Laws! and only shares the Title. My advice, pass on this crummy movie and read the book!!!

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lukasevansherman
Sep 16, 2017

I noticed a common theme in Will Smith movies: they're not very good. This sci-fi action movie is very loosely based on the Isaac Asimov book, which formulated the three laws of robotics. Smith plays a robot-hating cop in the future and, well, it's pointless to describe the plot. The robots are pretty cool looking; the best performance is given by Alan Tudyk as a robot. James Cromwell and Bruce Greenwood co-star. The fourth law or robotics, by the way, is that you shouldn't make bad movies about robots. Competently, but blandly directed by Alex Proyas, who did "The Crow" and "Dark City."

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Gizmo_Joe
Jan 19, 2017

Will Smith as the main character ruined this one for me.

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KatherineHere
May 31, 2016

A masterpiece of special effects.

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rdekleer
Dec 17, 2015

Good movie based on an excellent series of stories by Isaac Asimov

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Oct 15, 2014

When Dr. Susan Calvin turned to Detective Del Spooner (Will Smith) and angrily said to him "You are the dumbest dumb person that I've ever met!", I couldn't have agreed with her more on that one point.

I thought that Will Smith (who was paid $28 million to star in I, Robot) made for one of the lousiest examples of a supposedly proficient homicide detective that I've ever seen.

With Del Spooner drinking on the job and insulting one & all with his asinine one-liners, Will Smith's character (who even wore his precious, little flapper-girl cap to bed) seemed to be more concerned about keeping his badass black-boy persona intact than he did about solving the case of Dr. Lanning's mysterious death.

And, Spooner's mother (!?)... My! Oh! My!... Her "Aunt Jemima" impersonation certainly sent the likes of that degrading black stereotype all the way back to the 1940s, for crying out loud!

I thought that when Spooner finally revealed to us all why he hated robots so much it was such a pathetic and idiotic reason that I couldn't control my outburst of laughter (especially since Spooner, himself, was also part bionic).

And, whenever Spooner called a robot "Canner" to its face (which he so often did), I viewed that sort of name-calling business as being equivalent to some white guy calling a black person a "coon", or the all-negative N-word. Yes. Its inference had that same derogatory tone to it.

And, finally - With the present state of the "World Economy" as it is today, "I, Robot" had me seriously wondering how long it would be before the robots, themselves, would be out of work, bumming around on the streets and inhaling vast quantities of WD-40 for some cheap thrills.

EmilyBoban Sep 22, 2014

It was very good, I loved how they tied all the elements together though out the plot! No event was completely random. :)

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sharkmaw
Mar 27, 2014

The following applies only to the copy of "I, Robot" from the St. John's Branch. Checked out 3-27-2014, dvd is damaged by 3-4 deep scratches. Disc will not play after the 20-minute mark. Player simply refuses to recognize a disc is in the machine after that point. Frankly, the damage appears to be malicious and intentional. Scratches are too deep and regular to be accidental, as if done with a knife, chisel or some other sharp implement. Very frustrating!

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beneisonhaw
Sep 03, 2013

That was cool. Who ever created this movie was creative!!! I still have a
comment were they evil.

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OverCookedCookies
Sep 20, 2012

Awesome action sequences and special effects! Very interesting story and the film never bores! 5 stars!

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Violence: Some violent scenes

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