I, Robot

Year: 2004
Directed By: Alex Proyas
Written By: Jeff Vintar and Akiva Goldsman

RYAN’S REVIEW

With a movie like this it’s all about the effects. Also, as yet another movie in the typical sci-fi story line of machines becoming aware and taking over it’s important that the robots are cool.  Not only are the effects in this movie really good but the robots are more than cool, they are freaking awesome. This movie offers a sci-fi theme that has been done to death, but it’s an acceptable recycled story line so long as the special effects make things worth wild right? This movie does all those things and it is a lot of fun along the way watching it.

I have always really liked this movie but I have never really thought there was anything special about it.  This movie offers us a story that has been told to death but like I said, the appropriate effects are in place to make it worth wild.  Aside from that it is simply another Will Smith vehicle and those tend to be hit or miss.  Will Smith is a great actor that has enough swagger to carry a movie on his shoulders all by himself.  His movies are always huge but I haven’t liked many of them.  I never liked the M.I.B. movies, I thought Independence Day was a huge disappointment, Hancock was superhero overkill, and don’t even get me started on Wild Wild West. However I did grow up watching Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and I think he was awesome in the Bad Boys movies, as well as Enemy of the State.  Now I haven’t mentioned all of his movies but looking back over his track record I didn’t skip too many and I am surprised by that.  I really thought he had been in more movies but that is probably because he is such a multi-talented entertainer.  When he wasn’t acting he was still in the limelight for a while as a “rapper.” I put that in quotations because I was young during his big time rapping comeback and sided with Eminem in the feud that they had. “Will Smith doesn’t have to cuss when he raps to sell records, but I do, So F#*% him and F#*% you too.” I thought that was hilarious and topped Smith’s line in one of his songs when he said something like “write one verse without a curse.” I can’t fault Smith for being appropriate though and now that I’m older it makes me appreciate what he was trying to do more.

Smith is good in this movie but every time I see Will Smith I feel like he is just playing the same character and this is no different.  He always has something wise and clever to come back with, he is stylish, and when the action heats up he kicks ass.  Isn’t that more or less what he does in every movie he is in?  I have to be careful here because my sister absolutely loves the guy and she would consider it blasphemous to say these things about him.  Smith is starring in a new movie this summer that I am really looking forward to from M. Night Shyamalan.  The movie is called After Earth and the preview looks really promising. It’s a sci-fi thriller in which he stars alongside his son.  I haven’t seen them work together before because I refused to watch Pursuit of Happiness. I have a personal rule that I do not watch a movie if the preview makes me cry, and the preview for that one had me bawling like a baby. So I look forward to the opportunity to see how the two do working together in this one.  Smith’s children with Jada Pinkett-Smith have been incredibly successful in their own right and his son Jaden is beginning to look like a little Will Smith clone.

Aside from Smith I don’t think there is much to be said about the rest of the cast in this movie. I think James Cromwell is awesome but he has one of the smaller roles of the film and everything we see from him is after his character has already died.  Bridget Moynahan does not offer much as the female lead and I think they really could have gotten someone better.  Alan Tudyk “plays” the part of Sonny and I like Tudyk but would have never known he was the voice or motion operator of the robot if I hadn’t seen it listed on IMDB. Bruce Greenwood fits his role nicely but still leaves much to be desired as far as a guy that is kind of a villain.  The supporting cast often doesn’t matter in the Will Smith vehicle though because these movies are all about him.

There has been talk of a sequel to this movie but I don’t think it’s been given a green light yet.  If it ever is made I’ll give it a shot when it comes out.  I liked this movie and would be willing to sit down and see what else these robots might get into.  This movie might be simply more of the same as far as sci-fi goes but it’s still a fun and entertaining movie.  If you find yourself with an opportunity to see it your time won’t be wasted by checking it out.

AMBER’S REVIEW

I think this movie is great. Ryan is right, the story is so overdone…but for some reason I really like the fighting scenes and the action scenes, especially the one where Will Smith beats like 200 robots.

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Check this one out! There is a scene of Will Smith and Bridget Moynahan inside another scene of Will Smith inside a scene of robots and then…wait for it….inside and big image of Will Smith and Bridget Moynahan. Wow. The font choice looks like the “designer” said “hmmmmm, it’s an action film so Oh! I know I will make the font techy with a silver gradient and then I will italicize it to make it look like it has action.” I just threw up a little in my mouth.

NEXT MOVIE: Iron Man (2008)

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