I, Robot (2004)

Instead of just another formula driven vehicle for a redundant Will Smith-saves-the-world-blockbuster, I, Robot, more in keeping with the Isaac Asimov novel, could have been so much more. Still, all the ingredients are there, just a screenplay storyline that isn’t. At least production observes some respect in referencing it as only “suggested by book”.

This reviewer finds nothing more dismal than to see a movie company with all the asset to make a great movie yet fall prey to some formula borrowed from an earlier success. It’s been true of many of the adventure-hero-action films, especially their sequels, but the rich ideas and prospects for this particular “effort” as potential, is really atrocious for failed and unrealized promise.

Nothing is wrong with the acting, even the directing (hamstrung as it is by a bad script,) nor any of the other cinematic elements that could have succeeded beautifully with good screen writing if it had been there.

We have an all-inspiring concept almost purely reduced to a “ghost in the works” description BY THE VERY BRAINS BEHIND THE ROBOTS. If such minimalist simplicity isn’t enough to tic off Asimov then what follows must surely. We have sentience in a robot series apart from its computer home base. Boy, reconcile that one!!

Well, we’ll mercifully not go on with more examples of a flawed script. After all, we do have a film that satisfies all the requirements of an action core, professional cast and highly interesting special effects. And if the audience was on anti-depressants or strong weed, that just might suffice.

But if you like those elements undisturbed by a good coherent story, this is a movie for you. Otherwise save your money.

Oh, yes, Bridget Moynahan is very lovely.

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